Modular Buildings Are Easy on the Environment
Modular Buildings Have a Low Impact on the Environment
Modular buildings come in all sizes and shapes. Additionally, there are many options when it comes to design, materials, applications, and components. Some modular buildings are completely built off-site and then can be placed on your site for immediate use. Other modular buildings are manufactured in sections off-site and then constructed on your premises. With modular warehouse buildings, the frames are manufactured in a factory, transported to your site and then as each section is erected, the wall and roof panels are added until the modular warehouse is completed.
Off-Site Construction Explained
Off-site construction is the process of prefabricating a building in a factory and then transporting the building to a site. Off-site construction includes modular buildings that are completed in a factory and then delivered and set into place using a crane as well as modular buildings that have their components built in a factory and then constructed in sections on your site once the components have been delivered.
The benefits of this process are large and focus on controlling waste and cost while delivering a modular building quickly. Although waste control has improved on off-site construction, the main benefits including speed and the reduction of natural resources reduce the impact on the environment.
- Waste Reduction – Because modular buildings are constructed in a factory, the waste produced will be decreased. Factories use CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machines and computerized machining tools, the precision is increased, which reduces the risk of error and water.
Any waste that is created during the production of off-site buildings can easily be recycled because it is immediately sent to the factories on-site recycling systems. If a building is built on-site using traditional construction methods, any waste will either need to be removed and taken to a recycling center by a third party or the materials may end up in a landfill, causing lasting damage to the environment.
- Speed and Cost – When a modular building is prefabricated off-site, standard and controlled methods and processes are used in a factory. The time it takes to finish the construction on-site is minimized. Typically, this reduced time results in minimal activity disruptions and overall reduced costs.
Building teams, project managers, deliveries, subcontractors, supplies and equipment will be reduced. Additionally, there will not be delays due to inclement weather or other types of site conditions. In fact, most modular building installations only require one crew, one site manager and one van to get the job completed quickly.
All of the things listed above lead to less movement to and from the site and fewer vehicles, which will reduce transportation costs, time, disruption, noise and the overall impact of emissions to the environment. Furthermore, modular buildings also reduce the customer’s disruptions while the project is being completed. Lastly, less time will be required to sort and remove waste from the site.
- Control – The systematic and controlled approach that modular off-site production provides reduces the need for skilled subcontractors. Furthermore, the timing will not be extended due to third-party processes, equipment, and machinery. By controlling the workmanship and using high-tech machinery means there are fewer errors and delays. Finally, this reduces the amount of waster process. In fact, there are times when there will be almost no waste at all during production and set up.
Modular buildings often do not use a large variety of components or materials due to the standard production. The materials that are used result in less waste per volume than traditional building materials. the materials that are used are of significantly better quality. Any waste produced is typically recycled, making it better on the environment.
Modular buildings are primarily built off-site. This prefabrication process results on little to no environmental impact. As new processes are developed, less waste will occur. Furthermore, as more and more businesses and homeowners learn of the benefits that modular building offer, our domestic and commercial landscape will embrace modular buildings and the environment will benefit.