“By the year 2025, modular homes are expected to be the dominant form of home building not only because of their higher quality and lesser costs but most importantly because of their eco-friendly superiorities.” – Michael Zenga, ZN Custom Building
In addressing the ongoing concerns of our environment into the future, part of the puzzle involves home construction in general. Not only does home construction create significant waste and use significant energy in construction, but ongoing energy use once built continues to be important looking ahead. These simple facts are leading many to turn away from site built homes and begin looking into “going modular.”
Did you know that modular homes create 90 percent less waste than site built home? Because modular homes are predominantly built in a factory setting, each step of the building process is streamlined. This allows maximal usage of materials and therefore less waste. Plus when the small amount of waste is accumulated, it is located in one location rather than multiple sites. This enables excellent opportunities for efficient recycling and waste management.
The factory setting also enables a more durable product that is greater in energy efficiency. By individually building and assembling modules of a modular home, better insulation techniques and a stronger more durable structure is possible. The ability to protect materials from the weather while being built in a factory further adds to the home’s quality of construction. Over time, these factors reduce energy usage and markedly reduce future home repairs. Quality and better value provide longevity in a modular home’s ability to be “green.”
Something often overlooked is the number of subcontractors and time needed to build a site built home in contrast to a modular home. Imagine that an average site built home takes 14 months to build and requires frequent deliveries of building supplies and trips by local subcontractors to and from the site. Now replace that process with 4 months of modular home construction in a factory where all the supplies are delivered infrequently. The bottom line is that modular homes take half the time to construct and put into place and markedly reduce transportation and delivery trips. The end result is savings in energy usage and reduced toxic byproducts that could harm our environment.
What many fail to realize is that modular homes are held to the same local building codes as site built homes; and often their construction quality is superior. Likewise, a modular home can be customized into any design a homeowner desires using the best in “green” building materials. Examples may include WarmBoard Radiant subfloors, HardiPlank siding, Icynene insulation, and low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints. Each of these can be easily implemented in the factory setting along with energy efficient designs that optimize a home’s ability to be environmentally friendly.
As we progressively focus on better ways to protect our environment, modular homes afford a great opportunity to reduce energy consumption, reduce waste, limit toxicities, and provide more durable homes. For today, modular homes are the best “green” home building technology.