Construction can create significant waste and use significant energy in its process. This simple fact is leading many to turn away from site built projects and look into “going modular.”
A recent article by ZN Custom Building stated “modular homes create 90 percent less waste than site a built home”. So, where do we begin to support this quote.
Because modular buildings are predominantly built in a factory setting, each step of the building process is streamlined. This process allows manufacturers to maximise usage of materials, leading to less waste. An additional, and often overlooked benefit, is that the small amount of waste accumulated is located in one location rather than multiple sites. This enables excellent opportunities for efficient recycling and waste management.
The factory setting allows us to facilitate improvements to all areas of the process. Not only can we incorporate insulation techniques that are fit for purpose but it also leads to units that are energy efficient by manufacturer. Given that site built projects are also exposed to the elements, there is inevitably a risk to quality. The factory environment eliminates these risks and adds to the quality of the overall construction.
How many sub-contractors does it take to change a light bulb?
A serious point and not the opening line of a Jimmy Tarbuck show. Have you ever stopped to think how many sub-contractors are involved in an average build? Each one with its own delivery schedule, its own waste and its own delays. Replace that with a controlled environment and you are likely to reduce build time by half. This alone lends towards a significant reduction in your projects carbon footprint.
As we progressively focus on better ways to protect our environment, modular buildings afford a great opportunity to reduce energy consumption, reduce waste, limit toxicities, and provide a durable solution. Modular construction is “green” construction.