Are there environmental benefits to modular and off-site construction?

Yes, modular and off-site construction can offer environmental benefits. Off-site construction means homes are constructed indoors in a factory. The result is improved efficiency, less waste generation, less site disruption, and fewer trips to build-sites.

graphic via: Modular Construction: Reinventing the Building Process – BigRentz


An article from Unsustainable Magazine dives further into modular construction’s relationship with sustainability. Read excerpts below or view the entire article here.

“ Modular construction, an alternative building technique, offers a remedy to many of the concerns surrounding traditional construction. Though no current solution is perfect, modular construction presents a step in the right direction toward a more sustainable building process.”

“ Though modular construction is responsible for beautiful and affordable buildings around the world, its true power lies in its ability to tackle some of the most difficult construction tasks in a more sustainable way.

Take, as an example, one of the most pernicious side effects of traditional construction: large amounts of debris. Annually the construction industry generates a staggering 56 million tons of waste from worldwide construction, which has a detrimental effect on the environment. Since modular construction happens in a factory, a number of projects are built concurrently. Therefore, rather than materials being wasted or discarded, many are able to be reused on different projects at the same factory. ” Read the entire article here.

Inside a modular home factory