As we pause to celebrate Earth Day today, many of us may stop to consider what we can do to help the environment. Selfishly, we hope your considerations lead you to waste reduction through modular construction.
At nearly 25 percent, construction waste is the largest contributor to our waste stream. Cutting it would have a measurable impact on landfills, air pollution and our consumption of natural resources.
The US Green Building Council agrees. That’s why modular construction is worth additional points for buildings seeking LEED certification.
Here are 5 eco-friendly elements of modular construction.
1. Greater Resource Efficiency
Off-site manufacturing can reduce waste by up to 90% through limited use of packing materials (wood pallets, plastic shrink wrap, cardboard, etc.). Precision manufacturing and a repetitive process also make the best use of materials, further reducing construction waste.
2. Reduced Impact on Air Quality
In-factory manufacturing incorporates air quality controls that trap environmental contaminants before they escape into the atmosphere.
3. Incorporation of Green Building Products
Modular can use the latest recycled and sustainable building materials as traditional construction.
4. Minimal Onsite Emissions
Modular construction requires significantly less on-site disruption than traditional building. This means the use of heavy equipment is minimal and a projects carbon footprint is minimal.
5. Structural Sustainability
Modular buildings can be “deconstructed” and reused at other locations or recycled for use in other projects making them the most sustainable option.
Though Earth Day comes just once a year, sustainable building can have a lasting impact on generations to come.