Advancing Sustainability through Modular Construction

 Thursday, November 2, 2023

Amid growing concerns about sustainability, various sectors, including education and manufacturing, are keen on improving their environmental impact. Modular construction has emerged as a significant step in the right direction, offering solutions for temporary and permanent space needs.

The carbon footprint of constructing a single building using traditional methods is a staggering 56 tonnes, equivalent to the emissions of nearly five UK residents. In contrast, modular buildings emit up to 45% less carbon than their traditional counterparts. 

The Rise of Modular Buildings

The COVID-19 pandemic catapulted modular buildings into the spotlight for rapidly and affordably providing emergency medical facilities worldwide. This sudden exposure propelled the industry into the limelight, driving technological advancements and development in the modular construction field.

Modular buildings are gaining popularity not only for their time and cost efficiency but also for their leadership in sustainable construction. The modular building industry reduces the construction sector's substantial material usage and carbon footprint. 

Volumetric Manufacturing and Sustainability

Volumetric construction, conducted in dedicated factory settings, streamlines the construction process. Approximately 70% of modular construction takes place in a factory, where quality control surpasses that possible on traditional construction sites, thanks to weather-independent conditions. All modules are meticulously planned before manufacturing, minimizing material wastage and reducing landfill contributions. Any excess materials are either reused, recycled, or repurposed.

On average, 67% less energy is needed to produce a modular building. 

Reduced Emissions through Efficient Transportation

Volumetric manufacturing also reduces the number of vehicles required for transportation. Unlike traditional construction, modular construction eliminates the need for vehicles like cement mixers, bulldozers, cranes, compactors, and trenches. These conventional construction vehicles emit a substantial amount of CO2 on-site and during transportation. 

Modular buildings are transported to your site, ready for installation by a specialist team, significantly reducing the number of vehicles needed. This leads to lower carbon emissions and less traffic congestion related to your project, resulting in faster, greener, and more affordable construction. 

Quick Installation for Environmental Benefits

Modular construction requires less building time, reducing negative environmental impact. Modular buildings shorten construction time with quick installation, leading to a 30% to 60% reduction in lead time compared to traditional construction. This reduction benefits the environment by reducing noise pollution and minimizing damage to local ecosystems. 

Energy Efficiency in Modular Buildings

Modular buildings are inherently energy-efficient. The production process is eco-friendly, and modern design standards and technology make modular buildings energy-efficient throughout their lifespan. They feature airtight structures, double-glazed windows, high-quality insulation, and advanced sealing techniques to prevent thermal leakage. These attributes reduce energy consumption for heating and make modular buildings a long-term, environmentally friendly solution.

Furthermore, modular buildings can be equipped with solar panels, smart heating systems, and LED lights with motion sensors, further enhancing their sustainability. 

Affordable and Sustainable

Contrary to the perception that environmentally friendly construction is costlier, modular buildings are both sustainable and cost-effective.  

Factory-based manufacturing eliminates delays due to adverse weather or material delivery, leading to efficiency and reduced waste. These factors reduce unnecessary costs and uncertainties that often plague traditional construction. 

Sectors Embracing Sustainability

Modular construction is becoming the next big step in sustainable building in the UK. Sectors already adopting modular buildings include:

  • Education: Modular classrooms are rising due to their efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and eco-friendliness. Teaching children about sustainability aligns with an institution's values and prepares future generations for environmental stewardship.

  • Corporate: Sustainability is a growing concern for businesses. Modular office buildings are an excellent solution for both spatial needs and sustainability efforts, catering to eco-conscious customers. 

Choose Sustainable Construction with Paragon Space

Paragon Space is a Hull-based modular building manufacturer that provides sustainable modular building solutions to businesses across the UK. We continuously optimize our modular building processes to enhance environmental friendliness. Our team also collaborates closely with clients to develop affordable energy solutions tailored to their specific needs.

To learn more about the sustainability of our modular buildings, don't hesitate to contact our friendly team today.