Though CertainTeed’s involvement at the GridSTAR Experience, I was able to see first-hand the benefits of modular construction, thanks to Simplex Homes of Scranton, Pa. who constructed two buildings at the site. The benefits of building in a climate-controlled environment include less waste, improved air quality and increased efficiency due to less on-site disturbances. However, a visit to the Modular Building Institute (booth #T5) expanded my knowledge of this increasingly popular construction technique. First of all, according to the institute, modular construction projects can be completed 30-50 percent sooner than traditional construction — a key advantage for an industry heavily focused on deadlines. Also, from a life cycle perspective, modular buildings are truly sustainable, since buildings can be disassembled and the modules can be relocated or refurbished for new use, which reduces the need for raw materials.
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