Modular construction: the greenest way to build

Traditional construction faces many problems when it comes to handling, creating and recycling wasted materials. In fact, a NAHB study found that an estimated 8,000 kilograms of waste are created from the construction of a 2,000-square-meter building. These waste materials are all standard materials that you would use to build a building: wood, brick, insulation, drywall, etc. Architects. Moreover, the AIA states that “it is estimated that 25 to 40% of the national solid waste stream is building-related waste.” [1] Also in 2009, the Association for the Recycling of Construction Materials  estimated that construction and demolition waste from building construction amounted to approximately 325 million tonnes per year. So, in a society that is constantly pushing greener solutions in all aspects of life, what alternatives do companies have to be greener?

Modular sustainability

The processes that go into modular construction allow for more responsible and environmentally friendly construction methods. Modular construction benefits from a process known as “Mass Customization”. When you build a modular building, the same panel that was used to create a building can be fixed in place of another building. However, you can design the building practically as you wish! Therefore, any panel left unused after one job can simply be used on the next. In addition, they will not have to be moved very far, as all structures are built in our own facilities, ensuring that they will not be wasted. And we use CAD software to locate all our prefabricated projects so that we know the exact amount of materials that need to go into each job.

The factory setting also allows us to better control our inventory and adjust working conditions compared to traditional construction. While most construction sites are delayed due to adverse weather conditions, the modular construction process takes place indoors, keeping the humidity level low in our materials, preventing damage. While our employees are building the building inside, the project site is ready for installation. Therefore, with these two processes taking place simultaneously, the site receives much less disruption due to traffic on the ground, machinery, equipment and materials.

Finally, the same panel that allows us to use mass customization also supports recycling efforts. Our buildings are designed to be easily installed and disassembled. So, when a building is no longer useful, instead of being demolished like the traditional construction, the panels can simply be dismantled and reused. This allows you to drastically reduce waste in the process of deconstruction. Many of the structures are also mobile, so the same building can be moved to another location to serve another purpose.

Modular difference

The first step of waste reduction comes to the attention of details in the design process. The fact that sales people work with customers to ensure that every detail of your project is traced and neat. Then the design and all the details should be sent to the engineering, where they should meticulously design every aspect of the structure. From now on, all the materials you need should be mapped, down to the last nuts and bolts. From there, simply take the necessary parts from the inventory and start working at the factory.

In the factory, the inventory is easier to control than a traditional construction site. All materials have storage areas set up, which ensure easy handling and movement. In fact, WRAP, an organization dedicated to resource efficiency, stated that “volumetric (modular) construction systems are the best off-site manufacturing technologies, and replacing them with traditional construction methods usually leads to a virtual elimination of all excavation debris of waste bins for soil preparation. “[2] They also showed that about 70-90% of construction waste can be disposed of by off-site construction practices.

In general, modular construction allows efficiency and durability in all aspects of the construction process. Factories are designed for our employees to quickly catch and transport materials. The construction process is designed to ensure that each piece of material is used to its full potential. And the products are designed to be combined quickly, durable and perfectly customizable for customers. Modular buildings and structures offer world-class construction methods for your company, while providing an environmentally friendly solution.


1) AIA: Construction waste management strategies; July 2008

2) WRAP: “Current practices and future potential in modern construction methods” January 2007

If the modular construction seems right to you or if you want to find out more about the modular construction process. We offer many different types of modular products and mezzanines for all types of work environments. Both desks and mezzanines are 100% mobile and relocable. Our dedicated sales team offers free confidential quotes and CAD drawings to help you get started. Our team is available to answer any questions about an offer, an order, shipping options or project changes. Customer service works in unison with our shipping and installation departments to ensure on-time delivery and setup, with the least disruption to your business.

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