Modular buildings are gaining more importance every day because of their various benefits. Cost efficient, time efficient, energy efficient and arguably more durable that their counterparts constructed on site, modular houses are gaining takers steadily.
Modular houses are essentially those houses that are built off site. Modules of parts of a house are constructed and assembled in factories and are transported to the site to be affixed to a specially constructed foundation. Entire sections of a house, like kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms are fully assembled, complete with arrangements for electrical wiring and plumbing facilities to be affixed to the ground and further work is carried out.
Modular homes are also an environment-friendly way of life. Modular homes are constructed with as much as 90% lesser waste than those buildings constructed the traditional way onsite. This is because of the efficiency of factory construction. Note that there is no compromise in the quality of construction or in the design of homes. An owner of a modular home chooses from a spread of interior designs and blur-prints as grand and extensive as that available for traditional homes.
Apart from construction wastes, carbon footprint is also reduced considerably in the case of modular homes. Low-VOC paints are used and facilities like double flushes, efficient heat pumps, low flow faucets and insulated walls are also a part of the deal. The insulated walls translate to lesser use of temperature controlling appliances, reducing carbon footprint considerably.
Modular buildings can also be constructed such that rooftop rain water harvesting can be carried out. That is, you can store and utilize the water collected from rainfalls and effectively tire through the hotter season if your rainwater harvesting system is well planned.
Another feature that makes modular homes environment friendly is its recyclable and reusable nature. Modules that together form a house can be dismantled to be transported elsewhere, which is something a traditionally constructed home can never offer. You can literally relocate your house if you migrate elsewhere.
Modular homes can be made highly energy efficient. The windows of the house can be planned out to be in a southern direction to allow sunlight to stream in for long periods of time, apart from using innovative windows that serve to automatically smart change indoor temperatures for you every season.
Modular homes are very cost-effective – you can have your modular house build for about a third of what you would require for a traditional house. The money thus saved can be reinvested in the interior décor of the house to make it green. Have wooden paneled flooring to add both energy efficiency and style to your house. Design your house such that there is space for some indoor plants. This will boost the supply of fresh air in the house.
A notable difference between modular and traditional houses is the fact that the latter reek of various chemicals, paint and more when newly constructed. Modular homes on the other hand are healthier as they do not emanate chemicals in such concentrations.
Modular houses are also much stronger than their stick built counterparts. The parts that together constitute a house are constructed such that they survive the rigors of shipping and transportation none the worse for wear. The assembly of these parts is also carried out in a strong and durable manner. Modules are constructed such that they can withstand the vagaries of nature, and environmental changes will not affect these houses the way traditional homes would be affected.
To go green with modular homes, you can choose to install energy efficient appliances that accomplish their goals without being harsh on the atmosphere with the emission of inconsiderate amounts of greenhouse gases. Use potted plants as decorative pieces in your home. Choose the plant that bears your favorite flower, or that grows into shapes that attract you, and place them artistically around the house.
Use as may recyclable products as you can. Using environment friendly products is in tune with the spirit of modular homes, and further adds to the beauty of this type of constructions. Play with layouts of the house at the designing level to ensure that cross ventilation is facilitated so that you need not rely on fans or air coolers to beat the heat during hotter seasons.
Though modular homes are clearly highly beneficial, they do not meet government regulations regarding construction everywhere. Before you decide to buy yourself a module home, ensure that it in accordance with the building rules in your neighborhood. The rules of inspection and certification are the same as are applied for traditional homes, and equally stringent. Get your plans and blue print approved and acquire all the necessary permits and licenses to make a green modular home your own, and give back to the environment that sustains you.
Jason Phillips is author of this post. He works in madison industries commercial modular building plant. Apart from that his favorite hobby is blogging and writing.