The Environmental Benefits of Modular Buildings and Cabins

Modular cabins have been around since the start of the 20th century. They are also referred to as ‘’prefabricated’’, ‘’manufactured’’ or ‘’factory-built’’ homes. The ‘modular’ aspect of modular buildings describes the construction method involved, whereby sections of the building are constructed away from the building site and are then delivered to the home or business owners’ property, ready to be craned into place and assembled.
The construction sector within the UK contributes to approximately 40% of the UK’s carbon emissions, and up to 11% of global carbon emissions. This is a shocking statistic, considering global warming has already resulted in significant alterations to human and natural systems, with a temperature increase of 1.5°C having severe consequences. As a result, the UK has begun to set national targets to reduce 78% of carbon emissions in the construction sector by 2030.
In support of this, eco modular buildings and cabins have begun to take precedence within the market, as they have associated environmental benefits, the likes of which are discussed further throughout this report.

What are the environmental benefits of eco modular buildings and eco cabins?

1. Eco-Friendly Building Materials

In response to global sustainable necessity, many modular construction companies are adopting an environmental approach throughout all of their processes. This means that incorporating sustainable building materials is now an innate part of the building process, lowering the environmental impact of prefabricated buildings, whilst reducing the overall level of waste consumption.
The dramatic reduction in wasted materials is primarily due to the fact that eco modular units are built in a strictly controlled environment, as opposed to traditional on-site project locations. This allows for obsolete waste materials that would typically be sent to a landfill, to be instead recycled into other projects, and for a variety of purposes.
Not only that, but the majority of the materials used in the construction of eco modular buildings and eco cabins are eco-friendly from the very beginning – utilising FSC-approved timber and sustainably sourced steel.

2. Reduced Energy Consumption

Because of the controlled environment that modular construction companies are built within, the energy output required to apply the same assembly process is merely a fraction of that which would be used on-site. The parts used for the construction are built in a system similar to an assembly line, further reducing the time required to build individual parts, whilst also negating the need to assemble individual materials on-site.
In modular builds, all aspects of the building, from the bathroom wall tiles, to the internal drainage systems, are all fully integrated from the start – reducing the assembly time required, minimising the overall wasted material, and providing a consistent quality level throughout.

3. Reusability

Thanks to their pre-assembled parts, prefabricated sections of the building are now easier to disassemble and relocate to different sites, providing eco modular buildings and eco cabins with a flexible solution that positively contributes to the building needs of the future. Furthermore, if a building has become obsolete, or no longer used, then modular parts can be saved and repurposed so that they no longer have to go to waste.
If such modular construction techniques were to become standard practice within the construction industry, then the requirement for fresh, raw materials for every new project would be drastically reduced. Whole rooms or even entire floors can be abstracted from disused homes and used for other projects. In the UK, where over 300,000 homes are built each year to accommodate for the current housing crisis, such methods would be an incredibly supportive asset and would help the government to achieve their targets much sooner.

4. Less Noise Pollution

As modular sub-assemblies are conducted in a factory, the construction site requires considerably fewer personnel than a traditional site would. An additional benefit to be gained from eco modular buildings and eco cabins, is that they do not require material deliveries, loud on-site machinery, or large numbers of staff, therefore reducing the noise pollution of the operation dramatically. Separate to their environmental benefits, less noise pollution results in less complaints and can be built more quickly, in better harmony with the surrounding community.

5. Waste Reduction

Renovation and construction waste accounts for approximately 40% of landfills. This is incredibly significant, and perhaps one of the greatest benefits of eco modular buildings, as they are built in factories to specific measurements, eliminating the need for excess material, and reducing waste by 52%.

6. Smaller energy bills

Self-sufficient eco modular buildings can reduce your property’s energy consumption by up to 72%. Self-sufficient modular homes are primarily powered using solar energy, employing solar panels so that they are less reliant on the national grid as an energy source. Modular property owners have the option to bolster their clean energy effectiveness by installing energy batteries that store excess solar energy. This allows you to use the stored energy overnight, whilst empowering some users to sell back their excess energy to the main grid.

7. Save on Water

The water efficiency of eco cabins and eco modular buildings is another of the contributing factors supporting their sustainable prowess. Their solar-based water heating systems can assist with reducing a household’s energy consumption when heating water, providing up to 90% of hot water for them to use.
In addition to their water heating systems, these properties are designed to reduce heat loss from pipes by situating areas that need more water such as the bathroom and the kitchen closer together. In doing so, they are able to benefit from shorter water pipes, and lower energy consumption to keep them thermally regulated.

8. Healthier Homes

Traditional building and cleaning materials, such as PVC cement, refrigerator units and some plywood contain Volatile Organic Compounds, which can release harmful chemicals in the air that are thought to have detrimental health effects. Most modular houses are built with this in mind, and feature a focus on clean and green energy, using non-toxic and low VOC materials wherever possible. Some modular properties even come with eco-extras like green or wildflower roofs.

Eco Modular Building Solutions and Cabins with Modcon Cabins

Modcon Cabins has only existed since 2018, but as a result, we have a fresh outlook on the condition of the industry, and how we would like to influence positive change. That being said, the staff at Modcon Cabins have a combined history of over 50 years within the industry, which has all contributed to a better-informed understanding of what our clients expect in terms of quality, customer service, and value for money.
Modcon has a nationwide network, which allows them to offer services and products at a more competitive price, and to deliver and install products on time, in a safe manner, and with no surprises.
If you or your business is looking to take advantage of the many positive aspects offered by eco modular buildings and eco cabin solutions, or if you have any further questions regarding the content presented throughout this blog, then please do not hesitate to get in touch! Our team would love to hear from you and would be more than happy to help.

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