Social Acceptability of Modular Construction through the Case Study of Education Facilities

Seo Wonkyoung, Lee Inho, Kang Youngcheol

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the social acceptability of modular construction for the education facilities. Modular construction has recently garnered significant attention as a promising solution to enhance productivity in the costruction industry. While many studies have explored various aspects of decision-making processes related to the adoption of modular construction, the majority of them have centered around the perspectives of project owners and general contractors. Recently, Ministry of Education enforces green smart school policy. Based on the policy, there are plans to construct or renovate many schools using model construction methods. Unfortunately, some of these plans were rejected due to strong opposition from users. This study examines the social acceptability of modular construction for education facilities, focusing on four key factors: rational factors, emotional factors, communication, and trust. A survey was conducted among potential users of these facilities, specifically parents, generating a dataset of 75 responses. The findings indicate that rational factors, emotional factors, and trust exhibit strong correlations with social acceptability, with variations observed between the group that has engaged in discussions regarding the installation of modular classrooms for their children and the group that has not. The results of this study can identify the factors that hinder the widespread adoption of modular construction and contribute to the expansion of its implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-266
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Architectural Institute of Korea
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2023


  • Education facility
  • Green smart school
  • Modular construction
  • Social acceptability


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