Modular Construction: The ‘Green’ Way To Build

November 8, 2017 Posted by kyu7

The demand for sustainable building has never been more important in the history of construction, for both economic and environmental reasons. Energy is high in demand and short in supply, making the costs very high.

Modular buildings are a proven approach which reduces the environmental impact of the construction compared to traditional methods. The energy efficiency is increased as well as the overall sustainability.

Firstly, the reason why this process is more energy efficient is because ninety percent of the building is constructed in a factory including its flooring, fixtures, appliances and finishes. They are built in module blocks, and then transported to the site almost finished. This means that there is a minimal amount of work to do on site, thus the resources, materials and skilled craftsmen are all located in a single location whilst construction is underway, which helps to make it a green process.

Material Waste is Reduced

When building a conventional building a significant amount of waste is lost. In fact an astonishing eight thousand pounds is thrown away into a landfill, using this method, for a two thousand square foot home. Although the need for recycling is gaining more momentum for traditional methods of construction, when building modular buildings in factories, material left over from a project is utilised and used in a different project in the factory, resulting in a reduced amount of materials being wasted.

Construction Time is Reduced

Reduced time means a reduced impact on the environment. The reason why completion time is much shorter for modular constructions, is because vandalism, theft or weather delays are almost non-existent within a factory which means that the process is less likely to become delayed.

Sustainability Increased after Completion

If a building is designed efficiently it can improve the sustainability of it. Modular construction has access to a factory, which will have decent “sealing”, therefore reducing the air infiltration and preventing heat loss when the building is complete. On the other hand, traditional methods are limited around electrical outlets, pipes, fixtures and other air infiltration sources.

Unfortunately many people have misconceptions about modular buildings which often put them off investing in one. This is hard to believe when you consider their overall efficiency and how much the process reduces wastage and enhances sustainability. In addition to this, modular homes are not exempt from the same codes that site-built buildings have to follow, and yet modulars often go above and beyond building standards.

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