21 Aug 2017
There are more than just financial benefits to the use of modular buildings, because the impact on the environment can be dramatically decreased.
As time passes, we are constantly feeling the effects of human activity on the planet, and so comes the constant need for new and sustainable solutions, especially in construction. The industry uses more than 400 million tonnes of materials every year, meaning it is the nation’s biggest consumer of resources. In more recent years, we are becoming conscious of our techniques and the need to save money, and save our planet.
Taking these factors into consideration, how green are modular buildings and what affect are they having on eco-conscious manufacturing and construction?
Modular construction is one of the main areas of construction which are taking a different approach; that of an environmental approach. They are incorporating eco-friendly building materials as a key part of the process. The focus on using prefabricated builds reduces the overall waste production.
Another reason for the drastic waste reduction is down to the fact that the buildings are constructed in a controlled environment instead of a traditional on-site project. Instead of creating obsolete waste which is usually sent off to a landfill, in modular construction this can be collected and reused for another purpose. Not only can the waste be recycled but the materials it consists of are an eco-friendlier alternative, such as FSC approved timber and sustainably sourced timber.
As you may or may not know, modular buildings are assembled and completed in a factory, which means a lot less people are needed on site in comparison to a traditional construction site. When you consider factors such as building material deliveries, site machinery and a large amount of staff, this is noise pollution on an extreme level in conventional construction, however with modular construction this is all avoided.
Besides the environmental benefits of noise pollution, it also means less likeliness of complaints, which means a more harmonious build, which can be especially important when building in a community.
Due to the fact that modular buildings are prefabricated, the sections are much easier to dissemble if needed, and can be easily relocated. If a building has become disused and is ruin down then the sections of the building can easily be taken apart and reused, making sure no part goes to waste.
If modular buildings became the norm, we would instantly reduce the need for fresh and raw materials for any new project.
In the UK, it is estimated that we need to build 300,000 new homes every year in order to solve the housing crisis, and with modular construction enabling us to lift entire floors or rooms out of existing building in order to easily reuse and rebuild, this could be a huge asset.
Many modular building companies, such as Excel Modular work in a controlled environment, meaning that the amount of energy which is poured into a conventional construction site is much more than that of a modular construction process.
Most of the parts used for the process are built in an assembly line type process, meaning the amount of time spend on building individual parts and the time needed to assemble the individual parts on site is significantly reduces.
The efficiency of this is one of the major contributing factors to its reduced energy consumption. In modular buildings, everything from the bathroom tiles to the plumbing is integrated in this way, from the production in the assembly line off-site. Overall, this reducing assembly time, minuses waste material and provides an overall consistent level of quality throughout all the processes.
As we see the demand for sustainability rise, we could see alternative methods of construction stepping into the limelight. With their ultra-green thinking, their green benefits and their impressive industry carbon footprint, this relatively new and forward-thinking technique should be considered.
If you would like any more information regarding our modular buildings, you can get in touch with our team here at Excel Modular. We would be more than happy to discuss your requirements or even discuss further how modular buildings can benefit you, your business and your eco-sustainability.