Build Green with Eco-Friendly Modular Construction

Modular Construction = Building Green: The 4 Reasons Why

Going green has long been the trendy thing. And for good reason. Modular construction is beginning to surpass traditional stick-build construction due to a wide range of benefits. Learn more about all the ways that modular is gentler on the environment and therefore, the way of the future.

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Why Modular?

Increasing efforts have been made to decrease the ecological footprint on our planet. Modular construction has become a popular alternative to traditional stick-build for many reasons. The fact that it is a green way to build is an especially compelling reason for buyers to go modular.

The top 4 reasons to go green with modular construction include:

1. Modular construction minimizes site disturbance.
With modular construction, as much as 90% of construction can take place away from the site of the future building. This fact alone significantly reduces the negative impact the construction of a modular building can have on the environment. The amount of people visiting the site over the duration of construction is minimized. With fewer people spending weeks driving back and forth to the site transporting equipment and supplies, the site of a modular building receives less disturbance than a conventionally-built building, according to the Modular Building Institute.

2. Modular construction promotes recycling and creates less waste.
Since a large portion of modular construction takes place in a factory-controlled environment, there is a lot less waste. On a conventional construction site, materials are constantly transported back and forth by large trucks or construction vehicles. These trucks require large amounts of fuel, which means more pollution. Additional risks on a conventional construction site include theft or property damage. In a factory-controlled environment of modular construction, materials are more secure. In a factory setting, materials can also be recycled and reused.

3. Modular buildings can be relocated, refurbished, and repurposed.
Since a modular building is often designed for temporary use, it can be transported to other locations. Additionally, the building can be refurbished and repurposed. This reduces the demand for raw materials. The amount of energy spent creating a new building is minimized, which further reduces the ecological footprint.

4. Modular construction is quality-verified by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed a rating system called LEED. The LEED rating system is a way to recognize and measure if a building is green based on proven practices and technologies. To establish a rating, LEED looks at each stage of a building from creation to completion. The factors that are assessed include design, construction, optimization of the surrounding environment upon completion, and economical factors.

LEED emphasizes:

  • Sustainable Site Development
  • Water Savings
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Materials Selection
  • Indoor Air Quality

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Sustainable Site Development

Depending on how a modular building is placed, units can be designed with improved daylighting, natural ventilation, better water management, and other sustainable improvements that result in a more eco-friendly building.

Water Savings
Many areas of the world are experiencing water shortages, so saving on water is critical. Modular buildings can be designed to conserve water just like conventional buildings.

Energy Efficiency
Modular buildings can also use structural insulated panels, steel, and aluminum stud frame construction to produce energy-efficient units. Throw in some high-performance windows and you’ve got yourself a highly efficient modular building.

Materials and Resources
As previously mentioned, modular buildings make efficient use of raw materials. Since modular buildings can be assembled in factory-like conditions, waste is minimized and resources are recycled.

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Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

One of the most important attributes of high performance is the quality of air. By controlling the environment of construction and using eco-friendly building materials, modular construction is capable of producing modular buildings with superior indoor environmental quality.

With the development of LEED standards, modular buildings have the opportunity to reach the highest standards of high-performance buildings.

Modular construction promotes sustainability and is a great way to minimize our ecological footprint. If you’d like to learn more about modular construction, please check out the Modular Building Buyer’s Guide.

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