The difference between green modular buildings and their conventional counterparts lies in their efficiency regarding use of resources, as well as in their low impact on human and environmental health.
What is Green Building?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, green construction is the process of building structures that are resource-efficient and eco-friendly throughout the life cycle of the building.
This means that from siting to design, all the way through deconstruction, a green building takes the concepts of utility, durability, economy and comfort to a whole new level.
Green builders also make a commitment to human health by using materials and design that minimize or eliminate indoor and outdoor pollutants.
Gorgeous Green Modular Buildings
Forget about an outbuilding, small home, or office that looks like it arrived on wheels and would blow away in a strong wind. The incredible bonus of most modern green modular buildings is that they are aesthetically pleasing while retaining incredible standards of efficiency! Here are a few of my favorites.
Blu Homes Breezehouse Design
According to an article in GreenBuilder Magazine, the green prefab homes built by Blu Homes are up to 70% more efficient than traditional homes, saving money and natural resources. By utilizing 3-D design technology, they are able to fit the building design to the site in order to optimize the terrain.
For example, they may position the home so that it can take full advantage of passive solar gain. To further add to these homes’ sustainability, the construction of a Blu Home uses recycled, U.S. origin steel and thick wall insulation made from recycled materials.
The home is completely prefabricated in the factory, folded, and shipped to the site where it can literally be put together in one day, making the building process as efficient as the home itself.
This beautiful family-sized dwelling certainly raises the bar for green modular buildings.
The weeHouse, designed and built by Alchemy, can be placed simply anywhere and then lifted up and placed somewhere else! This tiny home epitomizes small-footprint living, and is perfect for those people who truly feel that one must only use as much space as one needs.
At a price tag starting at just $125 per square foot, this little house in a box comes delivered fully equipped with built-in appliances and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in as much sunlight as possible so that its residents never feel trapped-in. The interior is luxurious and gives a feel of spaciousness despite its tiny size.
While this MiniHome by Sustain retains more of a modular feel than the first two buildings, I rank it up high on my list for its commitment to sustainability. Like other green construction, this home utilizes recycled and non-toxic building materials, high efficiency appliances and low flow plumbing, but adds a “green roof” to the mix.
The unique vegetation on the roof helps reduce waste water, and also keeps the home insulated. The construction also includes non-toxic interior and exterior finishes, as well as natural ventilation to keep the homeowners healthy.
Triumph Green Modular Classroom
Green modulars aren’t just for living. Schools are now using eco-friendly modular buildings to extend their classroom space. Built in just six weeks, this prefab classroom by Triumph lets the kids breath a little easier with its natural ventilation and streaming sunlight. Keeping energy consumption low and utilizing the surroundings, striving to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards of excellence a building like this is a natural choice for school additions.
Just like traditional homes, green modular buildings come in all shapes and sizes and various levels of commitment to the green standards. Buying a home is a big (or wee) decision that greatly affects your quality of life. Make sure you take the time to look at all the wonderful options before settling whatever the realtor shows you!