Arup has developed a report, commissioned by the Canadian Standards Association, analyzing the high-rise modular construction industry, titled High-Rise Modular Construction: A Review of the Regulatory Landscape and Considerations for Growth.

Demand for modular construction in North America has increased in response to urbanization, pressure on housing affordability, construction labor shortages, and persistently stagnant construction productivity. Modular construction can also reduce construction waste, alleviate disruption to the community, and provide a safer environment for construction teams.

John Barrot, an Arup project director and one of the report authors, said, “Modular construction contributes to a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and aligns with Arup’s commitment to sustainable development progress and to shaping a better world.”

In the last decade, an increasing number of high-rise modular buildings have been constructed. Recent projects engineered by Arup include the 32-story tower at 461 Dean Street in Brooklyn (shown on cover above) and the 19-story Citizen M Bowery building in Manhattan, both in New York City.