How hiring modular buildings promotes sustainability


In a world where protecting the environment is a priority, the construction industry has a major part to play when it comes to minimising its effects on the environment. Research shows the construction industry is responsible for 18% of the UK's large particle pollution and approximately 11.4 million metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2020.

The construction industry is embracing sustainable methods to minimise its impact on the planet. One particular method gaining traction is modular construction, which involves constructing buildings off-site in modules or sections, which are then transported and assembled on-site. In this article, we'll explore how hiring a modular building promotes sustainability by highlighting the environmental benefits and flexibility advantages of this eco-friendly approach to construction.

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Understanding modular buildings and sustainability

Modular buildings are constructed in a factory-based setting that allows for efficient use of resources and significantly reduces waste. Modular construction emphasises the use of sustainable materials such as recycled steel and reclaimed wood. Due to the nature of the design process, it is much easier to calculate what materials are required, reducing the need for excess materials that often end up as construction waste.

Environmental benefits of hiring modular buildings

  • Reduced carbon footprint: Studies show modular buildings have a significantly smaller carbon footprint compared to traditional construction, with reductions ranging from 30 to 60 per cent. The controlled factory environment optimises energy use, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions and also minimises transportation and energy consumption on-site as the majority of the work is done in one place. The manufacturing process also minimises disruption to your business and its surrounding area, including the local ecosystem.

  • Energy efficiency: Modular buildings are constructed with high-quality insulation, efficient HVAC systems, and advanced sealing techniques to minimise energy consumption. With these design features, modular buildings are one step ahead when it comes to energy efficiency, which can also help lower utility bills and reduce the overall impact on the environment.

  • Waste management: By manufacturing modular buildings in a controlled factory environment, we can ensure that materials are used efficiently, generating much less waste compared to traditional construction sites. In addition to this, we can also use any excess materials generated during the manufacturing process on future projects, or they can be recycled and repurposed, reducing waste sent to landfills.

Modular buildings offer the advantage of being flexible and adaptable and can cater for both permanent and temporary needs. Modular buildings can accommodate your needs whether you require a short or long-term structure.

For example, let's say you need a temporary building for a range of purposes such as a site canteen, classroom, staff room, marketing suite, sales office, or any other specific requirement. We can install a modular building that can easily be removed when you need it to be. A temporary structure can provide the functionality you need for however long you need it without the commitment of permanent construction. That's why hiring a modular building is a perfect option!

If, on the other hand, you're looking for a more permanent solution, modular buildings can be a lasting investment. Modular buildings can be left in place for generations, ensuring durability and longevity, or they can be moved and repurposed. This eliminates the risk of constructing a traditional building that could quickly become unfit for purpose, resulting in wasted resources and abandoned structures.

By utilising the flexibility and adaptability of modular buildings, you can optimise the use of space and align it with your sustainable business practices and goals. This will ensure that your internal spaces on site will support your sustainability strategy, minimising waste and maximising efficiency.

Whether you require a temporary or permanent building, modular buildings provide the versatility and practicality to meet your specific needs while promoting sustainability.

In conclusion, hiring modular buildings is an eco-friendly approach that promotes sustainability in the construction industry. By choosing modular construction, you can actively contribute to reducing their carbon footprints, conserving natural resources, and managing construction waste effectively. In addition, the design flexibility and aesthetics of modular buildings challenge preconceptions and showcase the innovative potential of this method of construction. As modular construction continues to evolve and gain momentum, it has the potential to shape a greener and more sustainable future for the construction industry.

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