What You Need to Know About Modular Building Sustainability

What You Need to Know About Modular Building Sustainability

Wednesday 15th February 2023

Modular buildings have exploded in popularity within the construction industry in recent years, offering the same features as a standard brick-and-mortar building, with a quick, cost-effective manufacturing and installation process. In addition, there are several clear benefits to sustainability offered by modular buildings, such as reducing waste, minimising environmental impact, and aiding reusability.

What is a Modular Building?

While masonry construction will involve a building being constructed on site, normally with bricks and mortar, modular buildings will be produced at a different location, delivered in pieces, and then assembled at the site. 

There are different ways of producing modular buildings, with some assembling them from panels, and others such as JCPSA delivering finished modules that can then be quickly attached together. A modular building can offer the same features as a traditional one, with power, plumbing, and heating, and modular construction methods have been used to create large buildings across the world. 

Alongside their sustainability benefits, modular buildings are strong, cost-effective, and customisable.

Why Does Modular Construction Offer Better Sustainability?

We’ve broken down the sustainability benefits of modular buildings into 4 main categories:

Off-Site Construction

Producing off-site brings several environmental benefits. For one, as modular buildings are normally made to standard designs, there will usually be far fewer wasted materials from the manufacturing process. Masonry building methods typically result in large amounts of waste materials being sent to landfill, which is rarely the case for a modular build, making them more sustainable. 

They also typically require a smaller amount of raw materials in their production, without impacting the strength of the finished building. Modular buildings normally result in fewer carbon emissions, a key sustainability metric.

Less Disruptive Installation

As the construction processes are largely complete prior to delivery, the installation will take a considerably smaller amount of time. This will benefit the surrounding environment, which can be disrupted by a long-term building project. It will also mean far less pollution and dust being released into the surrounding areas, minimising the impact on air quality. Minimising environmental impact is a crucial factor in sustainability.

Efficient Designs

As we’ve already stated, modular buildings will not need to use the same amount of raw materials to offer a comparable performance to a standard building. Being designed and manufactured within a controlled environment also allows modular buildings to be tailored around energy-efficient features like heat performance, solar panels, and other sustainable ideas.

Easy to Change and Reuse

Once a masonry building is installed, making adjustments to it is extremely difficult and costly, and moving it is near impossible. A modular building however can be easily altered, with new panels or modules constructed and added to an existing building. Modular buildings can also be moved, whether that’s across a site or from you to a new owner. This makes them a massively sustainable building type, showcased by our wide range of used modular buildings for sale.

What Are the Other Benefits of Modular Construction?

We believe that not only is modular construction sustainable, but it also offers other benefits over traditional buildings, which is why we sell a range of new and used modular buildings through our website. Here are some of the other benefits offered to customers:

  • Affordable Costs: Thanks to using fewer materials during its construction, a modular building will typically cost less than one made with traditional construction methods. You’ll also be saving money from the smaller amount of labour involved in construction and installation. In addition, as you can sell many modular buildings they still have clear value if you no longer need them.
  • Great Strength: Our modular buildings are made in discrete modules that are delivered across the UK. This means that each section will need to be strong enough to be moved along roads, and will offer fantastic levels of support and durability when connected together.
  • Speed: Modular buildings have a faster construction process within a quality-controlled factory environment, and a far quicker on-site installation process. For our standard new buildings, we have a 6-8 week manufacturing process, offering a huge time saving over masonry builds. Keeping installation time to a minimum will greatly minimise disruption not just to local wildlife but to your business compared to traditional construction sites.

Our Range of Sustainable New and Used Modular Buildings

JCPSA offers a range of high-quality, environmentally friendly modular buildings for sale, with site delivery and installation options across the UK. We produce our new modular buildings from the ground up, including the frames. This allows us to ensure fantastic strength and function in a range of designs. Our team combines design experience with mechanical investments, allowing us to craft bespoke panelling and other beneficial features. We are also able to produce bespoke modular buildings for customers if needed. 

Our buildings are perfect for small offices, construction site offices, sales rooms, and more. Alongside our new range, we have a selection of used modular buildings for sale, carefully sourced by our team to offer reliable strength to customers for many years to come.
View our new and used modular buildings today, or alternatively speak to a member of our friendly team for information or advice

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