These days, eco-friendly building projects are quickly replacing traditional construction industry standards. If you’re considering buying a new home, you should consider choosing methods and materials that are least harmful to the Earth. For example, modular construction is growing in popularity due to its various eco-friendly benefits and versatile building structures. Here are just a few eco-friendly reasons to consider modular construction for your next family home.
Less Waste Generation
One major problem with traditional construction methods is the amount of waste each project generates. Even though there are around 7.8 million construction industry production workers in the U.S. alone, these projects can take significant time and other resources to clean up the excess waste upon the completion of a residential home or building. Modular construction, on the other hand, has a different process designed not only to project completion speed, but to reduce the amount of waste generated as well. When all is said and done, modular housing is produced in one-fifth the time and at half the cost of site-built homes. When assembled in a controlled, factory environment, manufactured housing also uses fewer materials and generates 35% to 40% less waste than comparable site-built units.
When considering the energy-efficient aspects of modular structures, it’s important to remember the major improvements the industry has seen in the past several years. Modernized methods and higher quality engineering have resulted in homes with more energy-efficient features. For example, the majority of modular homes use two-by-six framing for walls, which allows for more room for high quality insulation to be installed to help residents live as comfortably as possible. Plus, the protected environment in which modular homes are built means improved overall quality of construction. A typical construction project is exposed to the elements for extended periods of time, and workers often walk more than 30,000 steps each day trying to complete a project as fast as possible in order to minimize the damage it sustains from the elements. But the fact that modular construction projects are completed in an environment shielded from the elements offers a number of benefits in and of itself. Matt Myers explains on HomeAdvisor:
“Modular homes have much less air infiltration, which is one of the largest causes of heat loss in a home. The fact that these homes are constructed in a factory allows the manufacturer to place more sealants, such as caulking, in problem areas that site builders have no access to. For example, a manufacturer is able to create a better seal around electrical outlet and fixtures because they can access the walls behind, above and underneath these areas.”
Ultimately, the time and effort put into constructing modular homes is ideal for homeowners that want to live in a home that requires minimal maintenance while providing many eco-friendly benefits. Before you decide on a new home, think carefully about your values and what’s important to you. If your main priority is to provide a high-quality home for your family while minimizing its impact on the Earth, then modular construction may be perfect for you.