7 Ways To Help People Understand Temporary Buildings’ Advantages


There comes a time when a business or a home needs extra space. But as we all know, constructing a new building or expansion is costly. It would also take a while for any construction or renovation to finish. If you need immediate space, constructing or renovating permanent properties is unideal.

Thankfully, modern ways of construction solutions are available today. One of which is modular construction. This modern way of construction introduced modular buildings, such as temporary healthcare buildings that the medical industry utilises. But even though modular construction is more known for non-permanent properties, they also construct permanent modular buildings.

The thing is, only a few know and understand the advantages of temporary buildings. Since many modular construction companies are on the rise today, it would be helpful if people knew more about them. If you’re knowledgeable about temporary and modular buildings, it’s best to help people understand their advantages. In this post, let’s look at seven ways to help people understand temporary buildings’ advantages.


1 – Start with how they became popular today

When a topic or item is trending, and people don’t know about it, they ask, “how did it become famous?” Often, people want to understand the gist of how something became popular and why people are talking about it. If someone asks why temporary buildings are growing, start with its “how” first. 

You can answer their question by sharing how the healthcare industry used temporary healthcare buildings during the early phase of the pandemic. After all, that’s one of the reasons modular construction has grown in the last two years. You can also share that aside from healthcare, the education industry also uses modular and temporary buildings for their space needs.


2 – Share articles and case studies as proof of how reliable temporary buildings are

Sometimes, saying and sharing facts is not enough to convince people to believe what you’re telling them. Others need to see evidence that supports your claims before they agree with you. And that’s a great way to help people understand different issues better.

So don’t forget to support your claims by sharing articles and case studies about temporary healthcare buildings. You’ll find many articles and case studies on the internet that prove modular construction’s efficiency. So if anyone asks, “how do you know all of that?” show them references that they can read themselves.


3 – Show them a comparison of temporary buildings’ production timeframe compared to permanent ones

One of the advantages of modular properties is their fast turnaround time. If traditional construction takes a year or more to finish a building, modular construction can finish one in months. With this point, you can help people see temporary properties’ in a better light. 

You can also highlight this advantage while telling them how temporary buildings were during the pandemic. Since they’re faster and easier to construct, hospitals were able to accommodate many patients with their help. 


4 – Show them pictures and proof of existing temporary buildings

Aside from case studies and telling people how quick it is to construct a temporary building, you can also show them pictures of existing temporary structures. Specifically, the one healthcare and education industries use. 

If you’re having trouble looking for one, here’s a tip. Look for modular construction companies in the U.K. You’ll find many hospitals and schools in the U.K. using modular and temporary buildings as their offices and classrooms. People will understand their advantages better if they see that the healthcare and education industries trust them. 


5 – Be clear that temporary buildings are not mobile homes.

One of the misconceptions people have about modular properties is that they’re similar to mobile homes. Yes, modular buildings are constructed off-site like mobile homes. However, their materials and durability are different from each other.

Correct them immediately if you notice they’re sharing information about mobile homes. Explain clearly that temporary buildings and modular properties are not similar to mobile homes. Correcting this misconception goes a long way and can change how they see modular properties.


6 – Educate them about the materials used for constructing temporary buildings

Did you know modular construction companies that construct temporary buildings use cement, steel, and wood? Unfortunately, many think that the primary material that modular construction companies use is plastic. It is also why many assume that modular properties are like mobile homes.

When you explain temporary buildings and modular construction to people, some would say, “isn’t that made of plastic?” If this is the first feedback you get, educate them immediately about the materials modular construction uses. 


7 – Give them a scenario where a business could save thousands of money using a temporary building instead of permanent property.

I’ve mentioned in my introduction that affordability is one of the best points of temporary buildings. And so, to help people see their advantages better, why don’t you give them a scenario where a business would save thousands of money? 

Imagine if a business were to construct a permanent building, they wouldn’t only be waiting for a longer time but also spending more. On the other hand, if they choose a temporary property, they can use that money to market and develop their business better. 

Remember that every business’ success is undetermined. If things go well, a company could pursue a permanent property. But if you’re still testing the waters, opting for temporary buildings is wiser.


Remember to educate people in a non-condescending way to help them understand it better.

I hope these seven simple ways will help you help people understand temporary buildings better. I know it can be challenging, tedious, and stressful to explain these to people with zero knowledge about modular construction. But as you help them understand the topic better, remember to be non-condescending. After all, people learn better when educators are patient, gentle, and mindful of their capacity to digest information.


About the author: 

Bianca Banda is a writer for Flex by MTX, a privately owned construction and engineering company that relentlessly champions the use of Modern Methods of Construction for social, economic, and environmental good.