When it comes to waste management, the creation of materials, or recycling them, traditional construction is fraught with problems. A NAHB survey found that the construction of just a 200 square foot house can create up to 8,000 lbs. of waste. They are standard building materials like wood, bricks insulation, drywall and so on. More info?
The American Institute of Architects states that, on average, just 20% of this leftover construction material is actually repurposed, or recycled. In addition, according to AIA “it’s estimated that between 25 and 40% of the nation’s solid waste stream comes from building-related materials.” “ In 2009 the Construction Materials Recycling Association calculated that building demolition and construction waste accounted for 325 million tons of annual construction materials. How can businesses be environmentally-friendly in an age where society is always pushing for better solutions?
The process of modular construction provides a more eco-friendly and environmentally responsible building method. Modular construction uses a method called “Mass Customization.” The paneling used for one modular building can also be placed on another. But you still have the option to design it however you please! To make use of any paneling leftover after an install, it can be applied to the next project. Moreover, the panels will never need to be transported long distances, as all of their structures will be constructed in-house, which will ensure that none will go to waste. The modular builder can use computer-aided designs (CAD) to plan out each of their prefabricated jobs, knowing exactly the amount of material that needs to be used for every job.
Contrary to conventional construction methods, the factory allows for better inventory control and regulation of working conditions. It is common for construction to be delayed due to bad weather. However, modular construction takes place inside, which keeps moisture low and protects materials from damage. While workers construct indoors, the construction site for the project is set up. Both processes can be carried out simultaneously to reduce the amount of disturbance caused by materials, machines and foot traffic.
Ultimately, this same paneling allows mass customization and also helps with recycling. Easy installation and removal of the buildings is possible. Instead of demolishing a building like in traditional construction methods, paneling from a no-longer-used structure can be removed and repurposed. It also allows for a drastic reduction in waste generated during deconstruction. Some of the buildings are also movable. This means you can move the structure to another place to use it for another purpose.