What is MMC?
Modern methods of construction take a variety of forms – including volumetric and panel systems, and construction platforms.
Volumetric systems are complete modules, highly finished before being delivered to site. Panel systems are a ‘2D’ form of MMC, also prefabricated and capable of being highly finished. Solutions of either type are usually bespoke, and therefore not compatible with other modules or panels.
A construction platform is a type of design for manufacture and assembly (P-DfMA). It is an open, standardised system, for which any manufacturer can offer a kit of parts – not unlike the approach to manufacturing seen in the automotive industry. Standardisation and interoperability make reuse much more likely in the future.