It’s beyond measure how people are more conscious to achieve sustainability. Every action, regardless of size, cost or time, creates a positive, big impact to the environment. A simple gesture of separating trash, or using non-plastic materials is a monumental effort towards the goal of minimal to zero waste globally.
The same goes with building homes. Sustainability is now a priority and has been incorporated in the design and functionality of most structures. Energy efficiency is factored in during big construction decisions. Some building materials in the inventory are made of recycled waste, or effective in using minimal water or electricity.
A prefabricated home, or prefab home/modular home, is a revolutionary product in sustainable development. It offers more than just a magical touch of elegance and minimalist living. It is eco-friendly, consumes low energy and built in quick time. Not only does it cut half the construction costs and hours, it provides longevity minus the waste and pollution. Less is more indeed.
Sustainability gains abound in the construction of and living in prefab homes. Here’s how going modular can benefit both your wallet and the environment:
Traditional homes built on-site usually generate more waste materials during construction, an inevitable but detrimental truth. Research supports this as around 15% of materials for home building end up as waste.
This, though, is almost absent in fabricating modular homes which are built off-site. Factory production is standardized into modules which accurately measure materials requirements. Any waste materials are recycled back to production, thereby reducing or eliminating leftovers. Prefab companies like Stillwater Dwellings have polished processes that maximize materials usage to avoid off-cuts.
Efficient Energy and Water Use
Prefab homes are installed with environment-friendly resources that are energy and water-conscious. Raw materials are not just made out of recyclables and avoids non-toxic items that are harmful both to us and the environment. Fixtures invested are ensured to be energy efficient.
The design is well crafted in a way that maximizes natural resources – sun, air, soil and rain – to heat and cool the home. Natural light is maximized in place of lighting fixtures. Modules can be integrated with solar panel and water tanks to drastically lower energy bills and store rainwater, respectively. Water usage is controlled to the minimum as water outputs, such as toilets, sinks and showers, are low-flow.
No need to worry about the sultry sun or winter frenzy. Standards on insulation of prefab homes are above par. Thermal insulation can be installed in almost every part of the house – walls, roofs, doors, floor and windows. And modules require lesser heating and cooling loads for low energy consumption.
Since built in factories, fabrication, even in full swing, requires lesser machines and access to vehicles, thereby decreasing impact to the environment.
Going green may not yet be the mainstream in home building. But, the roots for sustainable development have sprouted. A solid foundation has been laid. And the ladder works are accelerated. With improved technology and increased awareness, prefab homes can save our green.