Sustainable Modular Buildings

Green building has made its way into the commercial and residential modular building industries and it's a welcome change. Modular builders are using green materials, energy efficient designs and advanced HVAC systems to meet the growing demand for environmentally friendly classrooms and offices.

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Designing Out Waste: ‘Pre-cycling’ to Eliminate Waste in Design Phase
By: Tom Hardiman - Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Source: Modular Building Institute
The impact of construction and demolition debris on the environment is staggering. More than 135 million tons of debris from construction sites is brought to U.S. landfills every year, making it the single largest source in the waste stream (Source: USGBC White Paper –Planning for Construction Waste). Reducing the amount of waste in a project is an important part of sustainable building and begins with the design process. Choosing alternative methods of construction such as prefabrication, preassembly, modularization, and off-site fabrication techniques is an effective way to design out waste.

Modular Building and the USGBC’s LEED ™ Version 3.0 2009 Building Rating System
By: MBI - Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Source: Modular Building Institute
MBI has commissioned a report that provides the overview of how the commercial modular construction industry’s current practices can benefit from an awareness of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Building Rating System.

Modular Homes: The Future of Residential Construction Modular Homes: The Future of Residential Construction
By: National Association of Home Builders - Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Source: National Association of Home Builders
The video shows how modular construction can help builders maximize their output when operating with limited staffs and budgets.

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Home Building Trends: Modular Housing Home Design Video Clip Home Building Trends: Modular Housing Home Design - Build TV
By: Build TV - Sunday, March 15, 2009
Source: Build TV
Build TV examines home building trends in the area of modular housing.

Prefab Green Homes from HGTV Video Clip Prefab Is Fab! - HGTV
By: HGTV - Monday, July 7, 2008
Source: HGTV
Prefab homes are modern, space saving and environmentally friendly.

Iguana Green Modular Classroom by Modtech Holdings Iguana Green Modular Classroom
By: Pedro Tavares - Thursday, April 24, 2008
Source: R & S Tavares
R & S Tavares provided structural design services for the development of the Iguana Green Modular Classroom manufactured by California based Modtech Holdings. Learn more about the design of this one of a kind eco friendly modular building.

Construction materials and products for modular building. Quick Quarters Orders LEEP Panels For New Project
By: - Friday, December 28, 2007
CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec 27, 2007 Robert Brehm, CEO of Sub Surface Waste Management of Delaware, Inc., announced today that its subsidiary, Quick Quarters Kentucky, Inc. has issued a purchase order to LEEP, Inc. for its patented LeepCore structural insulated panels to build mail screening facilities in QQK's Somerset, Kentucky headquarters. Manufacturing will begin in January and completed units are expected to ship during the first quarter of 2008.

Making Green Modular Homes with LA Architect Marmol Radziner Video Clip Making Green Modular Homes with LA Architect Marmol Radziner
By: LXTV - Thursday, September 6, 2007
Source: LXTV's Caryn Greenhut meets with designer Marmol Radziner to discuss his innovative green pre-fab homes.

Green building products, sustainable design resource. LEED-level modular classroom first of its kind
By: Dan Orzech, staff writer - Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Source: Triumph SmartSpace
Modular classrooms are not well known as "green" spaces, but a Massachusetts design firm is looking to change the way districts look at portables.


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