There are a number of reasons why modular buildings are up to 20% less costly than conventionally built structures. In this installment we examine the seventh reason behind the cost savings associated with modular buildings: how reduced construction waste in modular construction will save money and the environment.
Construction site cleanup and remediation are part of the construction process. A 2003 EPA report found that non-residential construction projects generate 4.3 pounds of construction waste per square foot of construction on average. Based on the report findings a relatively small project, such as a 2500 square foot building, will generate nearly 10 tons of construction waste.
At the end of a typical construction project, contractors often specialized construction cleanup contractors, must clean up all of the debris created during the projects lifespan. Construction waste includes building materials such as insulation, nails, electrical wiring, and rebar, as well as waste originating from site preparation such as dredging materials, tree stumps, and rubble.
Palomar’s modular construction strategy utilizes construction materials efficiently while intelligently managing in-plant construction waste created during manufacturing.