The Need for Green Modular Buildings
Did you know that nearly 40% of the nation’s landfill waste comes from construction materials? That means approximately 88 million tons of construction and demolition waste are added each year. At Vanguard we focus on using sustainable & green modular building practices.
Modular building construction continues to be a front-runner in the field of green building practices and sustainability through off-site operations that result in efficient and responsible inventory control, material reuse, and automation of tasks.
Advantages of Sustainable and Green Modular Construction
Vanguard Modular Building Systems’ construction projects offer the modular advantage of minimizing waste, maximizing material usage, and promoting adaptability and reuse. Here are a few ways we’re using green building practices to make sustainability a priority:
Modular buildings can be constructed to meet the highest LEED certification standards. LEED certified modular buildings are resource efficient. LEED buildings use less energy, water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money.
“LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily.” – usgbc.org
Less Materials Waste
Pre-fabrication makes it possible to optimize material purchases and usage, while minimizing on-site waste, all while offering a higher quality product to the buyer. Bulk materials are delivered to the manufacturing facility where they are stored in a protected environment, safe from theft and exposure to the environmental conditions of a job site.
Less Material Exposure to Inclement Weather
Many of the indoor air quality issues identified in new conventional construction result from high moisture levels in the framing materials. This moisture is caused by uncontrolled exposure to rain, snow, and other unsuitable weather conditions during the conventional construction process. A modular structure is up to 90% completed in a factory-controlled setting using dry materials, so the potential for high levels of moisture being trapped in the new construction is all but eliminated.
Less Site Disturbance
The modular structure is constructed off-site at the same time that the foundation and other on-site work is being completed.This efficient process reduces the impact on the surrounding environment, as well as reduces the number of vehicles and equipment needed at the site. Traffic pattern changes, airborne dust and dirt particles, distraction and displacement of site occupants, light pollution, unpleasant smells, noisy equipment, and untidy appearance on the site are all attributes of a typical construction project. Modular construction reduces these impacts significantly with a shorter site construction schedule.
A large selection of high efficiency mechanical systems, insulation, windows, doors, and plumbing fixtures can be installed to meet your desired efficiency standards.
When your needs change, modular buildings can be disassembled and the modules relocated or refreshed for their next use, reducing the demand for additional raw materials, and minimizing the amount of energy expended to create a new building to meet the new need.
Modular buildings can be designed to quickly add or remove one or more modules, minimizing costs, and disruptions to adjacent building and surroundings.