While buyers will notice the benefits of modular building in their wallets and their satisfaction, something that might not be readily apparent is the major benefit modular homes have for the environment. Reducing overall wastefulness and on-site damage, building with modular greatly helps keep down the environmental cost of owning a home. This is achieved through the more responsible use of resources, standardized building methods, and less time on-site. All of these factors come together to ensure that building modular helps the environment.
Materials Vs Waste:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated that 164 million tons of building-related waste were generated annually in the United States. A home built in a factory controlled setting yields far better results. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) study concluded that on average, 4 pounds of waste is generated per square foot of new home construction (4lbs/sf). So, construction of a typical 2,000-square-foot home generally produces about 8,000 pounds of waste. That’s four tons of waste going to our landfills for every new home built. The typical modular manufacturer generates about half a much waste during the construction process by having standardized modes and means of building the different modules that are put together to build your home.
On a modular home site, there are no rows of dumpsters filled with drywall, lumber, and other excess building materials as you do on most new conventional sites. Excess lumber on a modular home is stored and used for a future home. Additionally, it is much easier and cost effective for the modular manufacturer to separate and recycle items that often land in the same dumpster on site. As a result, the hard costs of waste disposal are reduced.
Waste Disposal Costs: $300-$400 on a 2,000 square foot home. But there is also the upfront cost of purchasing the material that was wasted. It is not at all uncommon for site built contractors to order an extra amount for all materials delivered to the site. This is a practice used to prevent stopping construction to wait for more materials. But, in the site-built method, this often leads to leftovers being abandoned and waste crews being needed to take away what’s not used.
Cost of Materials: While material waste depends largely on which materials we are talking about, we will use a “waste” figure of 10%, meaning 10% of the materials you pay for do not end up in your home with a conventional builder. That can be a significant amount when you consider as much as 25% of the total cost of your home is materials expense. This is a 2-2.5% savings on your total cost alone!
These benefits of modular construction are great for the environment and for the buyer. Reducing overall wastefulness and on-site damage is beneficial for reducing the cost of owning a home and the sustainability of the planet your home is built on. More responsible use of resources, standardized building methods, and less time on-site wasting materials all help to show building modular helps the environment and accomplishes the dream of homeownership. Now that you know all these reasons, check out our modular home inventory of homes from trusted modular home manufacturers to find your sustainable, dream home!