Modular construction is a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as any conventionally build facility would – but in about half the time. Modular construction is a growing practice within the industry as it presents many great advantages over traditional methods. Most importantly, modular constructing involves a number of great sustainability benefits which can help our industry become more environmentally friendly compared to traditionally constructed buildings. I found this great article that explains a few of the great ways modular construction is helping and thought it was important to share.
Here are 3 ways modular construction is helping to improve the environment:
1) Less Energy
Modular buildings are prefabricated, with nearly 90% of the construction taking place off site. With such a significant portion of the construction taking place off site, in a controlled factory environment, there is a dramatic drop in the disturbance to the environment surrounding the construction site. This eliminates a great deal of wasted material and allows for a high efficient use of energy. It also takes almost half the time to complete a modular building compared to a traditionally constructed building. Modular buildings also tend to incorporate many energy efficient systems, from efficient glass to solar panels, making the buildings better for the environment even after the construction is completed.
2) Recycled Materials
Nowadays, it is possible for us to recycle and properly dispose of almost any material. Modular buildings are actually constructed, in large part, with recycled materials, including: recycled steel, recycled wood, and recycled glass. Mobile Modular uses 100% recyclable glueless carpet tiles made from post consumer materials. This is just one of many great examples of how materials can be repurposed into new construction projects. While not every part of the building can be made of recycled material, modular construction is helping to incorporate as much as it can.
3) Modular Buildings are Recyclable Buildings
A modular building can actually be transported from one place to another, even after it has been assembled on site. This means that a modular building would not have to go through the wasteful practice of demolition. Modular buildings are portable buildings that can be dismantled and reassembled on a new site if need be. This helps keep the environment free of dust, debris and other pollutants that exists during a demolition.