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Published: 20 December 2019 in Industry News

Modular Construction: Saving Money and the Environment

Modular construction is not a new concept or method of construction, but it has seen an upsurge in popularity in recent years. This is because some people are starting to realise its potential to solve a number of the construction industry’s current challenges. From reducing a building project’s environmental impact to saving you money in comparison to a traditional build, the benefits of modular construction are significant.

In this blog post, we will focus on the key benefits of saving the environment and reducing costs.


Saving Money

A prime concern that many people have is cost when it comes to a project. We all know what we want and how we want it to look, but having the right cost is always a factor. There are many ways in which choosing to utilise the modular building process saves money.

Every construction project is unique and encompasses a vast array of expenses such as the planning, design, materials, equipment, labour and insurance, as a few examples.

Firstly, costs for modular buildings are more predictable. Streamlined production and delivery processes and greater coordination of a project in one place through construction reduces mistakes, variability and material waste.

Cost reduction comes hand in hand with a reduction in time needed to build and assemble. Modular projects can reduce your project schedule by up to 50%, in comparison to traditional construction methods.

With the buildings being produced at a faster rate, you stand to make considerable financial savings as a client. A shorter build time leads to quicker occupancy so that, for whatever purpose the new build poses, you can start trading on the site sooner and increase the rate of revenue generation.

On top of this, as the modular building process is faster and less labour-intensive, modular buildings are significantly cheaper to create than conventional buildings – in fact, they can be up to 35% cheaper. By needing less labour and fewer materials, naturally you will be paying less money. As modular companies operate in a way that uses factory labourers in one off-site location, the cost of labour is reduced by as much as 70% less than using a typical on-site construction labourer company.

In addition to these cost-saving benefits, the environmental impact of a build is at the forefront of people’s minds. Modular construction saves money by being environmentally friendly as well as helping to save the planet.


Saving The Environment – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Modular construction bears many environmental benefits on top of enabling you to choose the requirements that fit you and your purpose. You may not know this, but by opting for modular construction, you are opting for a more environmentally friendly production process as materials are repurposed. You are also drastically limiting the amount of waste going to landfill sites; builders can reduce waste by up to 50% by using offsite methods. Also, many modular construction facilities store unused materials in controlled environments and recycle them for use in other projects. This helps reduce the 135 million tons of construction waste that ends up in landfills each year. With this in mind, Springfield offers modular buildings that you can hire for a fixed term, that we can re-purpose and reuse, so as businesses hand in hand we can help the environment and reduce our footprint.

Without intention, many factors of a traditional build lead to material waste. Worker oversight, poor material storage, last-minute design changes and unpredictable weather are a few of these factors. But when choosing modular, the off-site indoor building environment makes a world of difference for not only the project spend, but also the environmental impact. Companies such as Springfield can keep a close eye on construction methods to ensure more efficiency and a reduction in this type of problem.

Additionally, as modular building facilities use precision construction equipment and detailed plans and designs, the building process is much less wasteful. Each build will require an exact amount of materials, meaning there is much less waste and spend.

The reusability factor should also not be overlooked. Modular buildings are designed to be more flexible in usage than a traditional building. They can be deconstructed, moved, added to and reused completely dependent on your need. Their reusability means less costly construction projects are needed. To reduce that carbon footprint, you don’t have to just recycle your plastic bottles – you can also reuse your modular building!

To further add to this, carbon footprint is vastly reduced via the construction phase due to the reduction in transportation. With traditional construction, large trucks and workers are constantly going back and forth from the construction site which really adds up. The majority of these transportation emissions can be eliminated as all manufacturing and construction is done within one factory. Within this factory, it should also be noted that because modular construction facilities take advantage of production repetition common with assembly line manufacturing, the modular building process uses less energy than traditional construction.

After the construction process, and moving to internal finishes, one of the greatest environmental advantages of modular buildings is the ability to design them with an assortment of building materials and other features that are kind to the planet.

Now, let’s look at the bigger picture. The environmental impact is smaller in general through the modular construction process. Namely, cutting down on the transportation of materials, contractors and labourers to and from the building site leads to reducing carbon emissions. Plus, minimised site disturbance means fewer trees are cut down, fewer natural elements and species are uprooted and less waste is created.


Forward Thinking

When it comes to construction, modular building is quickly becoming the new industry standard and this is beneficial in terms of spending and the planet.

If you would like information regarding any of our modular building types or the production process, do not hesitate to contact our brilliant team on 01744 851958.

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