Reducing Your Carbon Footprint – How Modular Buildings Can Help You Meet Your Targets

19th September 2013

Reducing waste, energy usage and carbon emissions, whilst improving green credentials is becoming increasingly important for businesses of all sizes and across every industry.

Both modular and portable buildings can play a big part in helping you achieve your green goals, whether you’re looking to meet government targets on carbon emissions, or are looking to develop your environmental programmes.

In this post, we’ll be looking at why modular buildings are so green when compared to traditional buildings. We’ll also be exploring how you can reduce the carbon footprint of your business and reap significant environmental and cost benefits by investing in them.

The manufacturing process

Unlike traditionally built structures, both modular and portable buildings are manufactured off-site, which makes them more environmentally friendly.

Portable and modular buildings are manufactured quickly and efficiently, using energy-efficient machinery, under tightly controlled factory conditions. This saves both time and waste, and means that up to 67% less energy is needed to produce a modular building than a traditionally built structure of the same size.

The materials used in the creation of modular buildings are also typically more environmentally friendly than those used in the construction of traditionally built structures.

Installation and assembly

Portable buildings are delivered to site pre-assembled, which keeps site deliveries to a minimum, helping to reduce road miles and vehicle emissions associated with traditional construction projects.

Whilst modular buildings do need to be assembled on site, this process is significantly shorter and less energy-intensive than traditional building, and you can still reduce vehicle movements on site by up to 90%, resulting in huge savings on your carbon footprint and emissions.

In addition, the reduced build time associated with modular buildings also helps to reduce fuel, site and labour costs, providing a real financial saving when compared to traditional builds.

Savings throughout the life of the modular building

Modular buildings can have an effective lifespan of up to 60 years or more, which makes them a sustainable, long-term alternative to traditional buildings, and throughout their life, they provide constant environmental benefits.

Thanks to the methods and materials used in their construction, modular buildings are very thermally efficient, so they cost less to heat than the majority of traditional structures. In turn, this helps to reduce energy consumption during the winter months, reducing your fuel bills and minimising the carbon footprint of your business.

Many modern modular buildings also utilise environmentally friendly, non-ozone depleting insulation, which also help to reduce the environmental impact of the structure.

At the end of life

Even when modular buildings come towards the end of their life, they will continue to deliver carbon savings. They can be quickly and easily relocated, reconfigured or refurbished once you’ve finished using them, and can be sold for reuse by someone else.

Because of their portability and the methods used in their construction, modular buildings can also be easily dismantled and recycled once they come to the end of their life.

By reusing and recycling modular building components in this way, modular buildings can typically provide lifetime energy savings of over 90% when compared to a new traditionally built structure of a similar size.

How we can help you

Here at Clearview Modular Buildings, we provide a variety of office spaces, kitchens and staff rooms, to showrooms, marketing suites and school mobile classrooms, we can create a modular building that will help your business to reduce its energy consumption, fuel bills and carbon footprint.

In addition to a selection of cost-effective off-the shelf and bespoke buildings available, we also supply a range of affordable used buildings that have been expertly restored to the highest standards, and provide unbeatable carbon savings. Visit our sister for more information.

Our environmentally friendly modular buildings are crafted to exacting standards, and are built to stand the test of time.

How can we help you with your next project?

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