Modular construction companies often assert that their modular buildings are green. So what does that mean and how are these buildings green? This article will show the environmental benefits of modular buildings and how certain features of their construction make them a greener alternative than many other forms of construction.
Modular buildings are completely reusable. That is because modular buildings consist of an arrangement of universal modular wall panels and frames which can be removed, rearranged, and relocated at any time. If you build a modular lunchroom and decide you no longer need it, you can rearrange the walls or add some more walls and have a modular office. If you need to move your modular office, you can remove the walls and transport them to another site and reinstall them there. If you need to section off your office, throw in some more modular walls and partition off some rooms with them. If you need to open up some of your rooms, take some of those walls out and you have a conference room or a media room or anything else you can think of. Take those walls that you took out and use them for another construction project. This versatility allows modular buildings to be used again and again for a wide array of purposes.
What this means is that it is no longer necessary to destroy and dispose of unused buildings, only to go somewhere else and expend more energy and resources building something else. This build and destroy practice of traditional construction is highly taxing on energy and resources and leads to unnecessary waste. Over 30% of landfill contents are attributable to construction waste alone. Modular buildings can reduce this waste and energy use substantially.
Not only that, but modular walls themselves are made of completely recyclable materials, which further cuts down on waste and resource consumption. Modular buildings are well insulated, so the building will feature improved energy efficiency, which saves on heating and cooling costs.
On-site construction air quality is improved as well. Modular buildings are installed cleanly and efficiently after being manufactured in controlled, indoor conditions. There’s no need to worry about paint, dust, shavings, or any other messy byproducts of traditional construction.
Generally fewer vehicles are used to transport materials. Since modular buildings are manufactured and then transported to the build site to install, there is no need for multiple trips or runs on supplies. Resources are more efficiently and precisely allocated. This cuts down on fuel use and harmful emissions.
Modular buildings contribute to maintaining a sustainable environment with their green features. They are reusable, made out of recyclable materials, and a better choice for the overall environment.