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Modular Construction Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Permanent Modular Construction and Relocatable Modular Construction), By Material (Wood, Steel and Concrete) By Application (Commercial, Healthcare, Education & Institutional, Hospitality, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2023-2030

Last Updated: May 06, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI101662



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The global modular construction market size was USD 84.48 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 131.58 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period. Increasing demand for speed, cost savings, sustainability, and quality control to boost the growth of modular construction market globally.

The delivery and installation of prefabricated, engineered building units at the construction site are modular. The volumetric building modules are often heavily serviced units like kitchens, bathrooms, whole rooms, or room portions. Modular building construction is faster than traditional construction because it takes less time to complete. Other advantages of modular buildings include greater flexibility, higher air quality, and a shorter construction timeline. In 2022, the global modular construction market size was valued USD 79.92 billion.

Modular building solutions are picking up steam among housing giants owing to their major benefits, including less waste, better durability, lower costs, environmental friendliness, and flexibility. Industry experts say such projects can take 30%-50% less time than traditional construction. Due to the custom-made fittings that are developed according to the client's requirements, modular structures are exceptionally versatile. Infrastructure activities have sprung up in response to the growing demand and supply mismatch caused by rapid urbanization. AMANA Investments, located in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), plans to establish a platform for seamless offsite building under the DuPod and DuBox brands, culminating in the adoption of innovative manufacturing processes.


COVID-19 Impeded  the Opportunities for New Construction Activities

COVID-19 has caused considerable economic damage. Nationwide lockdowns have halted construction and impacted this labor-intensive sector as migrant workers leaving the labor colonies at construction sites are critically hampering construction activities worldwide. As per the study by the International Labor Organization, during the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 52% of labor absenteeism was observed in the Indian construction market. The recent emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has increased market uncertainty and volatility. It has led to a complete economic shutdown in India, China, the U.S., Italy, Israel, the U.K., and other countries, significantly affecting businesses across industries.

Moreover, the volatility in the stock market around the world has had an adverse impact on stock prices and trading volumes for manufacturers. This has resulted in a significant decline innew residential and non-residential constructions that has shrunk the demand for modular construction. Also, commercial and residential construction projects are usually backed by financial institutions and investors. According to the European Investment Bank, approximately USD 13.30 Billion was invested in Europe for infrastructure development, environmental projects, SMEs, and midcap financing. Owing to the sudden pandemic outbreak, the cash inflow-outflow ecosystem has been majorly hampered, resulting in low returns on investments.


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Smart Manufacturing Technology Deployment to Enhance Product Demand

Modular building is one of the most well-known businesses today pursuing agile approaches to optimize overall operational operations. Permanent modular construction (PMC) is a construction method that uses off-site manufacturing processes to prefabricate single and multi-story structures. This enhances overall construction workflow by improving operational performance, identifying and evaluating process improvement measures, and identifying and evaluating process improvement measures. For instance, Skender opened a modular production building at its advanced manufacturing site in Chicago in May 2022. Furthermore, major companies worldwide use novel ways to modernize their businesses, including lean manufacturing and management, standardized project management (SPM), and building information modeling (BIM), further contributing to market growth.


Increasing Infrastructure Investments in Fast-Growing Economies to Propel the Market Development

Increasing infrastructure investments owing to the rise in industrialization and urbanization in developing economies such as India, Vietnam, and China are expected to drive the market growth. Besides, rising commercial space investments are expected to contribute positively to the prefabricated construction market’s revenue. For instance, in India, commercial property leasing has witnessed a growth of 30% in the first quarter of 2022, and the leased area is estimated to be around 60 million sq. ft., according to secondary sources.

Evolving Government Initiatives to Drive the Market Growth

Evolving government initiatives to reduce construction waste and promote green buildings drive the market. For instance, the Government of Singapore has mandated using PPVC (prefabricated, pre-finished, volumetric construction) elements in numerous projects on government lands. In addition, the government provides companies with subsidies that standardize modern construction methods. In 2016, the State Council of China released a circular stating that 30% of the new buildings would utilize prefabricated construction materials. In addition, increasing government spending on R&D for novel construction solutions is expected to drive the prefabricated construction market shortly.


Rising Offsite Manufacturing Investments & Financial Crisis Hinders the Market Growth

Modular construction is strongly associated with offsite manufacturing that requires huge investments and long-term returns and needs stable market growth. Project pre-planning is one of the key restraints in the modularization process, as it may lead to extensive planning of critical components such as design coordination, onsite installation, and transportation. Hence,  strategic project pre-planning increases manufacturing investments, which creates pressure on the investment rate for further stage planning, hindering the overall market growth.


By Type Analysis

PMC Holds a Major Market Share Owing to Its Cost Effectiveness

By type the market is divided into permanent modular construction (PMC) and relocatable modular construction.

PMC holds the largest market share and is the fastest-growing market segment. The PMC module can be retrofitted to the existing building or delivered as a turn-key solution with time and cost-efficiency. Relocatable modular construction is expected to grow progressively as temporary housing for emergency and relief operations has gained importance over the past few years. These buildings are specially designed to be reused, repurposed, and transported to various project sites.

By Material Analysis

Concrete Segment Dominated Global Market in 2022, due to the Increasing Need for Road Infrastructure 

By material type, the market is divided into concrete, steel, and wood.

Concrete segment generated prominent revenue in 2022. It is due to the increasing demand for concrete materials from the road and highway infrastructure industry. Furthermore, the wood segment shows the highest CAGR during the forecast period due to the rising demand for antique multi-storey wooden and bamboo houses. However, the steel segment is growing moderately due to the industrial sector's growing demand for steel infrastructure. 

By Application Analysis

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Commercial Application To Be The Fastest Growing Segment Due To Rising Number Of Start-Ups

On the basis of application, the market is divided into commercial, healthcare, educational & institutional, hospitality, and others (residential, etc.).

The rising number of start-ups in developing economies is resulting in the growth of the commercial sector. In December 2022, As per the research published in Financial Express, start-up unicorn companies in India will be contributing nearly 4% to 5% of the country’s total GDP. Healthcare providers are seeking prefab as a viable option due to its cost efficiency, high quality, and time efficiency. They are using prefab for bathrooms, headwalls, and entire hospitals.

The cost and time efficiency of easy installation are expected to increase demand for modular units in the hospitality and education sectors. The others segment is anticipated to exhibit stable growth with moderate demand for modular structures worldwide.


Asia Pacific Modular Construction Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)

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The Asia Pacific region is expected to grow the fastest modular construction market share over the forecast period. Increasing construction activities owing to the rising demand from the residential and commercial sectors is expected to drive the regional market. Furthermore, increasing government initiatives to promote eco-friendly housing is resulting in the growth of demand for modular buildings in developing economies.

Rising demand for modular engineering for construction in several sectors, such as healthcare, education, and multi-family homes, is expected to result in the growth of prefab construction in the U.S. Moreover, general contractors in the U.S. use modular structures to build superstructures and fulfill electrical, plumbing, and mechanical requirements. According to sources, more than 69% of general contractors in the northeastern USA use modular components.

In Europe, government initiatives in the U.K. are further expected to result in market growth. For instance, the U.K. government implemented policies to accelerate construction programs and home-building funds to support innovators in developing land for housing, including modular projects. Also, the government has planned to achieve a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It will thus result in the growth of the prefab construction market.

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The Middle East & Africa is expected to exhibit significant growth over the forecast period owing to the increasing adoption of advanced technologies in the construction industry. Latin America is expected to observe sluggish growth due to resistance to the adoption of modular housing.


KEF Partners with Katerra to Bolster Market Position and Growth

The key manufacturers in this market are focusing on mergers and acquisitions. For instance, KEF Katerra is a joint venture of Katerra and KEF Infra to enhance their capabilities and offerings and expand their geographic reach. Furthermore, they are trying to find solutions to provide affordable and eco-friendly products. In addition, companies are increasingly focusing on energy efficiency and customization to fulfill specific customer requirements. For instance, Blu Homes provides customized home styles, finishes, and layouts. According to sources, they provide 40% more energy-efficient homes with advanced features, including thermal insulation and eco-friendly water fixtures.



  • August 2021: SG Blocks Inc., a designer and fabricator of modern modular blocks, partnered with ATCO Structures. Through this partnership, both companies contribute to the national modular fleet rollout in the U.S.

  • July 2021: Modulaire Group, a global provider of modular spaces and business areas, acquired Procomm Site Service Ltd., which provides portable, modular accommodation in Europe. Through this acquisition, Modulaire group can strengthen its market position in the European market.

  • January 2021: Etex Group has announced acquiring a majority stake in e-Loft. This French offsite construction company offers solutions in three modular domains: single-family modular homes, modular multifamily residential complexes, and 3D wood technology-based custom-designed buildings. This acquisition is expected to boost Etex Group's modular construction business.

  • January 2020: Balfour Beatty has acquired two residential community developments, Retreat at Schillinger in Schillinger, Alabama, and Paces Brook in Columbia, South Carolina, in a multifamily property deal with ApexOne Investment Partners, adding 530 residential units to the company's multifamily portfolio.

  • June 2020: Algeco Group, a global service provider in modular and prefabricated construction, acquired Wexus Group AS, a modular space rental service provider. Through this partnership, Algeco Group extended its footprints in Nordic countries.


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Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.5% from 2023-2030


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By Type

  • Permanent Modular Construction (PMC)

  • Relocatable Modular Construction

By Material

  • Concrete

  • Steel

  • Wood

By Application

  • Commercial

  • Healthcare

  • Education & Institutional

  • Hospitality

  • Others (Residential, etc.)

By Region

  • North America (By Type, By Material, By Application and By Country)

    • U.S. (By Application)

    • Canada (By Application)

  • Europe (By Type, By Material, By Application and By Country)

    • U.K. (By Application)

    • Germany (By Application)

    • France (By Application)

    • Italy (By Application)

    • Spain (By Application)

    • Rest of Europe (By Application)

  • Asia Pacific (By Type, By Material, By Application and By Country)

    • China (By Application)

    • India (By Application)

    • Japan (By Application)

    • Australia (By Application)

    • South East Asia (By Application)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Application )

  • Middle East & Africa (By Type, By Material, By Application and By Country)

    • GCC (By Application)

    •  South Africa (By Application)

    • Rest of Middle East and Africa (By Application)

  • South America (By Type, By Material, By Application and By Country)

    • Brazil (By Application)

    • Mexico (By Application)

    • Rest of LATAM (By Application)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 79.92 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 131.58 billion by 2030.

In 2022 the Asia Pacific market value stood at USD 36.24 billion.

Registering a CAGR of 6.5%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2023-2030).

By type, the permanent modular construction segment is expected to lead this market during the forecast period.

Increasing infrastructure investments in developing economies and evolving government initiatives are the major factors driving the markets growth.

Skanska, Algeco, Katerra, and Bouygues Construction are the major players in the global market.

Asia Pacific dominated the market in terms of share in 2020.

The rising offsite manufacturing investments and financial restraints are expected to hinder the adoption of the product.

Commercial application is expected to drive the adoption of the product during the forecast period.

The rising adoption of lean manufacturing techniques is the current market trend.

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