Environmentally Sustainable Benefits of Offsite and Modular Construction

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This factory typically houses project materials\nand other materials regularly used in modules. Where materials are ordered, but\nare unused for whatever reason (such as the owner changing their mind, a change\nin specifications, or otherwise), the materials are not wasted or thrown away.\nRather, the materials are recycled and reused. The unused materials can be re-inventoried\nand stored inside the factory\u2019s warehouse for future use on other projects. In\nturn, material packaging, like wood pallets, plastic and cardboard, is also\nreduced."],[0,[1],1,"[1]"],[0,[],0," Reusability of materials\ntherefore reduces the overall amount of waste generated from the project."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[0],1,"Control of Material Exposure"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Since many of the project\u2019s materials are stored in an\noffsite factory, the materials are not subjected to outdoor conditions during\ndowntime. They are often stored inside of a warehouse, where they are sheltered\nfrom rain, snow, heat, direct sun, and other conditions. Warehouses protect the\nmaterials so that they remain in good condition until used on the project. Overall,\nthis results in less wasted materials than traditional construction, where\nmaterials are often stored outside without adequate protection."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[0],1,"Reduced Site Visits "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Traditional construction requires multiple logistical\nroutes for the delivery of materials and tools to the site, typically taking\nplace at different dates and times. Additionally, many contractors and laborers\nmake daily visits to the site to perform work. Offsite and modular construction,\non the other hand, involves a single point of delivery and has a limited number\nof deliveries to the site. The modules are assembled offsite, then sent in a\nlimited duration to the site where they are installed. Because of this delivery\nsystem, there is inherently a reduced number of deliveries to the project site.\nAdditionally, since modules are already assembled upon delivery, it results in\ndecreased labor time traditionally employed on the project site and less commuting\nby contractors and laborers."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[0],1,"Concurrent Fabrication and Site\nPreparation"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Traditional construction schedules typically depict\npreparation of the building site, followed by construction of the building\nonsite. This is not necessarily the case with offsite and modular construction.\nModules are fabricated concurrently with the preparation of the building site,\nresulting in an overall reduction in construction time and less energy used on\nthe project. Factories are better positioned to control energy use and\nemissions as opposed to traditional onsite construction. Furthermore, with\nmodules being constructed inhouse, less workers are needed onsite, thereby\nreducing energy output, noise disruption, and air pollution to the site\u2019s\nenvironment and the surrounding communities."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"These are only a few aspects of offsite and modular\nconstruction\u2019s green practices. Overall, offsite and modular construction can\nhelp mitigate damage to the environment with their inherent environmentally\nsustainable practices. Because of this, and many other benefits, modular\nconstruction will continue to gain traction as a popular method for quick, affordable,\nand sustainable construction throughout the United States."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n"],[0,[2],1,"[1]"],[0,[],0," "],[0,[3],1,"See"],[0,[],0,", WRAP Report Current Practices\nand Future Potential in Modern Methods of Construction: "],[0,[4],1,"http:\/\/www.modular.org\/marketing\/documents\/wrap_modernmethodsconstruction_report.pdf"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[3,5],2,"AIA Contract Documents has provided this\narticle for general informational purposes only. The information provided is\nnot legal opinion or legal advice and does not create an attorney-client\nrelationship of any kind. This article is also not intended to provide guidance\nas to how project parties should interpret their specific contracts or resolve\ncontract disputes, as those decisions will need to be made in consultation with\nlegal counsel, insurance counsel, and other professionals, and based upon a\nmultitude of factors. "],[0,[],0,"\n\n\n\n"]]]]}
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