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.
Posted on 21st Aug 2017 13:42:02 by Micheala.Martin
Modular buildings have been providing quick and efficient solutions for businesses for many years, from the health sector to the educational sector. Having well-equipped classrooms for children is something that will continuously be required, however, with school budgets potentially not covering all expenses, finding affordable solutions is vital.
For important subjects such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), it can be even more difficult to provide a laboratory for students with current construction costs.
Why is STEM So Important?
These subjects are vital for the growth and sustainability of the world, and it’s important to engage young children in them as early as possible. Both technological and scientific innovations are increasingly more important in the modern world, and STEM skills are needed to succeed in a society more and more focused on technology.
Some students may think that STEM subjects are difficult to understand and work towards arts instead. The STEM field is still seen to have a gender imbalance towards a higher amount of men, and engaging young girls with the subjects will provide an increased opportunity to balance the genders.
How to Address Negative Perceptions of STEM
Schools should address any negatives about the STEM field, to excite students into studying the subjects. Showcasing STEM from an early age with a positive view is the first step, drawing in both male and female students.
Providing them with a challenging environment in which they can learn and practice can help to conquer obstacles and master challenges. Having STEM subjects and everything that comes along with them to learn accessible to all students may be a challenge with a lower budget, but modular buildings can help.
How Modular Buildings Can Help
Bespoke modular buildings can contain all the needed facilities for a well-rounded approach to every STEM subject. You will be able to have a space that you can easily move and relocate with high-quality equipment. Lending these easy-to-move laboratories to other schools could also inspire them to invest in their own STEM modular buildings.
As modular buildings can be customised to your requirements, your school can easily have modular classrooms suited for a practical approach to learning and teaching. With windows, temperature control, and many other functions that also include bathrooms if needed, modular buildings provide the ideal solution to STEM needs in the educational sector.
Should you have any questions about our modular building sales, you can get in touch with our friendly and expert team on. Here at Excel Modular Buildings, we are proud to support the educational sector with high-quality modular buildings that help to teach younger generations and motivate them into pursuing further education.
Posted on 11th Aug 2017 15:07:30 by Micheala.Martin