Green Building

ModSpace is committed to improving our world with new and innovative green building solutions designed to provide sustainable living for all of us.

The foundation of this commitment is modular construction which offers a better, more eco-friendly solution.

The fundamental benefits of green modular building are:

  1. Efficiency

  2. Health

  3. Durability

Green modular building meets all three.

Efficiency

Modular building is far more efficient in its use of material resources compared to traditional construction.

According to the National Science and Technology Council—the Cabinet-level Council at White House dedicated to the research and application of science and technology—the construction industry accounts for 40% of primary energy consumption and 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Additionally, the council asserts that each year new construction uses 30% of our raw materials and 25% of our water, resulting in 30%—equal to 135 million tons—of waste placed in landfills.

The UK-based Waste & Resources Action Programme has found that off-site manufacturing can reduce waste by up to 90% thanks to the limited use packaging materials like wood pallets, shrink wrap, cardboard, concrete and more.

Further waste reduction is accomplished through the controlled manufacturing environment unique to green construction of modular buildings. Repetition in the production process allows material resources to be accurately measured and strategically applied to minimize waste.

Health

New building projects, especially large-scale projects, can have a significant negative impact air quality. Modular construction on the other hand, uses indoor air quality controls to prevent harmful waste from escaping into our environment.

Our EHS and Sourcing teams also pursue more eco-friendly options by actively searching for new green building products and sustainable solutions. For example, through the use of new low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds also known as greenhouse gasses) paints, ModSpace cut company-wide VOC emissions by more than 50% from 2008 to 2009.

The green aspects of modular building go beyond the manufacturing process and material selection. Modular building requires comparatively less site disruption. This translates to a diminished need for heavy machinery and the resulting emission of greenhouse gasses.

Further, our expansive network of branches are positioned near major highways throughout the US and Canada. By keeping shipping distances to a minimum and combining deliveries and pick-ups whenever possible, we reduce our carbon footprint now and for generations to come.

Durability

Quality control is a consistent benefit of green construction. Modular buildings are designed to precise specifications and carefully inspected to verify exact fit and finish. The result is a building that stands the test of time.

Sustainability is dramatically improved with modular construction, compared to conventional building practices. The ability to “deconstruct” and move structures to new locations extends service life through reuse or recycling, according to the American Institute of Architects.

Leading by Example

Our commitment to the environment goes beyond the benefits of modular construction. ModSpace aspires to lead the industry in green living and green building solutions. Our corporate office in Berwyn, PA exemplifies this endeavor with a culture that aims to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Energy efficient and recycling elements:
  • Super-high-efficiency HVAC with 90-plus independent zones promotes localized climate control, especially during non-business hours
  • Glass walls and open-office design make better use of natural light.
  • Energy-efficient, motion-sensor lighting
  • Low-energy, low-heat plasma TVs and LCD monitors in every workstation and conference room save energy and minimize HVAC operation.
  • Active office waste recycling programs
Widespread use of recycled, sustainable and low-toxicity building materials
  • Kirei Board cabinets made from renewable Sorghum stalks minimize forest clear-cutting, air pollution and landfill use.
  • Bamboo flooring is efficiently produced and quickly replenished.
  • Ultra-low VOC water-based inks used in partially-recycled carpet eliminate the need for harmful solvents in cleaning and reduces air contaminants in incinerators.
  • Wall coverings contain extremely-low VOCs and no chlorine, plasticizers, heavy metals, harmful dyes or ozone-depleting chemicals.
  • Workstation panel fabric is GREENGUARD certified material for low emissions of VOCs and airborne contaminants.
Straight from the source

“Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.”

—EPA definition of green building

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