About MBI's European Council & Growth Opportunities: Modular Building Manufacturers and Builders in Europe
Welcome – Bienvenido – Bienvenu – Benvenuto – Willkommen
The Modular Building Institute Board of Directors recently voted to move forward with a plan to reach out and garner support from fifty European companies willing to pay 1,500 Euros to join MBI, with the understanding that this will lead to the possible creation of a more formal MBI Europe with an office and staff based in Europe. As part of this outreach effort, we are excited to announce that plans are being finalized to bring MBI’s World of Modular Conference to Brussels, Belgium in October 2024.
This event is in addition to MBI’s annual World of Modular Conference, planned for March 18-21 in Orlando, Florida. Our plans for European growth also include:
- To better connect all industry companies within Europe as well as globally.
- To better promote the industry within Europe.
- To advocate industry interests within the legislative and regulatory bodies.
- To promote a “careers in modular construction” campaign to help expand the workforce.
- To organize additional education and networking events for the industry.
These programs and services represent an expansion of the currently offered benefits our European members already enjoy. MBI currently represents twenty-eight European-based modular companies and wants to build upon that foundation.
We are asking your company to sign this “expression of interest” form so that we can better gauge the industry interest in building a more formal “MBI Europe.”
European Council Directory
The Modular Building Institute sponsors and hosts events, meetings, and summits in Europe in order to facilitate networking and grow awareness of the commercial modular construction industry.
Looking for a partner for your next modular building project in Europe? At the Modular Building Institute, you can quickly and easily find qualified modular builders, architects, and engineers in Europe that provide the services you need. No matter the size, scale, or scope of your project, you can trust that one of our members will be right there working alongside you to ensure your vision is executed to perfection. Their experience and expertise will be invaluable assets you can rely on from conception to post-construction. Use the search feature to find contractors in your area now, and you can conveniently request estimates and any other information you need.
Why Work with Our Modular Builders in Europe?
As the largest modular construction association in the world, the Modular Building Institute has an extensive directory of modular builders, manufacturers, and designers in Europe that will bring experience and expertise to your project. To become an MBI member, commercial modular construction professionals must consistently demonstrate a commitment to quality, safety, and integrity. All members take a pledge to treat all suppliers, manufacturers, and vendors with the utmost professionalism, promote safety and quality on every project, and conduct themselves with honesty and integrity. Additionally, our members stay up to date on building codes for each country in Europe.
MBI modular builders are some of the very best in the business, and their knowledge and skills will aid your commercial construction project in a variety of ways. Here are just a few of the benefits of working with one of our modular builders in Europe:
- Sustainability: Modular buildings are already very environmentally friendly – there is less waste produced during the construction process, and the materials used can make buildings more energy efficient. Working with an MBI modular builder will help ensure your project is completed in the best way for the planet.
- Faster construction: Our modular builders in Europe have completed all kinds of projects over the years, and they can help you complete your project much faster. On average, modular building projects can be completed up to 50% faster when compared to traditional construction.
- Limitless design opportunities: There is no limit to the type of building that can be designed with modular construction.
- Safety: The construction industry is known for being hazardous, from falling materials to dropping from dangerous heights. However, in the Dodge Smart Market Report of Modular Construction and Prefabrication, of the responses received 89% indicated that modular construction demonstrates safety benefits, such as less heavy lifting, exposure to heights, and inclement weather.
We’re proud to say that the modular builders in Europe that work with The Modular Building Institute have been trusted by architects, developers, contractors, engineers, and property owners across the world. Explore our directory of members today.
European Modular Industry Snapshot
MBI represents 25 European companies and obtained revenue data from eleven modular building manufacturers in Europe. Based on this data, the average manufacturer revenue in 2020 was $9,355,909, virtually even with 2019.
As reported, revenue was generated from the following markets:
- Multifamily = 48.6%
- Institutional & Assembly (workforce housing, construction, correctional) = 16.8%
- Bathroom pods = 10.5%
- Office and Administrative = 6.9%
- Retail = 5%
- Education = 4.5%
- Healthcare = 2.7%
- Other/Not classified = 4.9%
Seven manufacturers provided factory production data with an average of 29,303 square meters (or 96,138 sq. ft.) produced in 2020 by modular building manufacturers and builders in Europe. These factories had an average of 112 workers.
MBI obtained data on 13 projects across a variety of markets and European countries completed over the past three years. The projects were 1,204 square meters on average and comprised of 16 modules. The projects took an average of 148 days to complete from approval to occupancy. The modular cost made up an average of 42 percent of the total cost per project.
Compared to U.S. market data, European projects can be smaller on average and more heavily concentrated in fewer markets. For example, bathroom pod production is much more prevalent in Europe than in the United States.
However, for the multifamily market, the average module size is larger in Europe, approximately 75 square meters (or 807 sq. ft.) for the projects reviewed compared to 677 sq. ft. per module in the U.S.
International Modular Construction Articles
On January 7, 2024, BROAD Sustainable Building began assembling the new 26-story mixed-use Jindu Residential Tower. On January 11, just five days later, construction was completed.
For Carel van Duuren, the 71-year-old CEO of True Modular Building, sustainability is more than just his legacy—he’s thinking about the future of society at large. How do you make things infinitely repeatable and simple? How can you make sure you’re contributing to the economy without adding extra waste or using increasingly precious resources? And how can you do this, and quickly?
For this project, Forta PRO delivered 72 buildings, 144 modules, with 5,200 m2 of gross modular area. With final onsite completion in June 2023, it provides exceptional long-stay accommodation in a stunning and serene environment.
The city of Malmö in southern Sweden is set to welcome a new student housing project Unity Malmö, comprised of 5 building blocks, 450 micro-living apartments, where Forta PRO delivered 269 modules, total of 9,671.9 m2.
DMDmodular has recently achieved a significant milestone by successfully completing a relevant energy-efficient housing project, fully financed by EU funds, that tackles the industry’s most pressing challenges.
homeD’s mission is to alleviate homelessness and in British Columbia and they’ve developed unique modular housing products to that end. The company also embraces a strong social justice ethic, providing solutions for marginalized communities who face housing challenges, and is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Forta PRO, a modular building manufacturer in Latvia, recently partnered with Marriott to create a modular hotel room based on their current design, Moxy. The two connected in Copenhagen in 2019, when Marriott expressed an interest in creating a mock-up to show investors the quality available through modular construction techniques. The stand-alone room is currently located in Frankfurt and is available for investors to visit.
South America is a mining powerhouse, producing a substantial amount of the world’s silver, copper, tin, zinc, lithium, and nickel, and the mining industry requires a substantial amount of infrastructure to operate. That infrastructure includes workforce housing and office space that modular builders such as PROMET provide.
On February 6, 2023, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked southern and central Turkey, killing over 2,300 people and injuring 10,000 more. DORCE responded with the force of its huge production capacity, dedicating all their abilities to producing emergency houses for those displaced by the disaster with help from AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkish Republic).
With over 2,300 damaged or destroyed schools, the potential for modular construction as part of the rebuilding effort is huge. In fact, mayors from several cities asked me about this exact issue when I visited in May. And, of course, the needs for medical clinics and housing are greater than ever.
Ralph Tavares is teaching an off-site construction course to help grow the industry.
iQ Module—based out of Gdansk, Poland—has grown exponentially as a company, with offices in Germany and Denmark. The company has also embarked on an ongoing joint venture and partnership with Roger Krulak of FullStack Modular for projects in the U.S. and around the globe.
That modular building hasn’t already gained more U.S. market share is a source of bewilderment to many. Though the technology has been around for more than 70 years, modular building in the U.S. has never gained as solid a foothold as it has in other societies. But it’s time may finally be here.
VMS’ latest modular project in London’s Canary Wharf, dubbed Marsh Wall, will sit among many of the city’s iconic, high-rise buildings.
Vertical Engineering: Inside the World’s Tallest Modular Building with MJH Structural Engineers’ Michael Hough
“101 George Street has moved modular into the realm of skyscrapers and is achieving recognition alongside some of the world’s most amazing new tall buildings,” says Michael Hough.
A conversation with Stuart Cameron, Managing Director and MMC Lead at SCMS Associates/The HIve Group, about the current state of modular and offsite construction in the UK.
Canada’s Rapid Housing Initiative represents a huge success for the modular construction industry, and MBI members are building modular multifamily homes fast. Here are some examples.
Founded in 1983, Constructora Bolivar specializes in the design, construction, project management, and sales of single family and multi-residential homes across the Colombian social strata. Now it’s laying the groundwork for the country’s modular construction industry.
Xavier Jaffray of France’s LECO describes his company’s use of pop-up factories to manufacture modular buildings where they’re needed.
Understanding how modular construction works around the world is what drives the development of PivaGroup’s products. Learn about their products and processes.