Are Modular Buildings Green?

Green issues are no longer at the periphery of our vision, and it’s widely acknowledged that they’re extremely important. Businesses, schools, offices, public services are all much more focused on being environmentally friendly.

The happy side-effect of being green is that green initiatives are often cost saving initiatives. Many of the entities mentioned above are increasing their use of modular buildings and prefabricated buildings,  in part because they are better for the environment and because they save money.

They can be considered good for the environment because they satisfy the important criteria of being re-usable. Whilst modular buildings can be used as permanent structures, they are often used on a temporary basis. When a building has ceased to be used in one location, it can be refurbished and used elsewhere.

It’s reckoned that roughly 30% of all the waste found in landfills is related to construction activity. Modular construction is an entirely new kind of construction, that isn’t associated with such high levels of wastage. Most components found in temporary buildings are entirely re-usable or recyclable.

In fact, the construction and installation of prefab buildings is extremely efficient. Traditional buildings are necessarily built in situ, and this causes disruption as well as having a negative effect on the environment. Being able to pre-fab buildings is a real sea-change in what construction actually means, it’s quicker and it’s much more positive for the environment.

In the future, more and more buildings will be modular, and this is certainly good news for the environment.