12 Aug Prefabricated Homes and Sustainability
How have prefabricated homes become the sustainable home of choice for many?
Prefabricated homes have proven themselves to be affordable and effective solutions to sustainable construction and green homes. According to the UN Environment Programme’s 2020 Global Status Report for Building and Construction, building operations accounted for 28% of global emissions while construction-related activities, relating to glass and cement, for example, added another 10%. With 38% of global emissions stemming from building construction activities, there is a definite and urgent need to scale up sustainable development as soon as possible.
Increasing Demand for Sustainable Homes
The growth in popularity for prefabricated homes coincides with the growth in the environmental movement. 2015 research showed that 73% of millennials were willing to pay more for sustainable products. Similarly, 2019 research notes that 62% of Generation Z prefer to buy from sustainable brands. Seeing that society’s younger generations are choosing sustainability first, the demand for sustainable homes will only continue to grow. Developers now need to meet even higher green standards as renters are becoming more environmentally aware around the world and as sustainability increasingly becomes a sign of quality and a desirable aspect of new properties. Read more about prefab vs traditional construction here.
Sustainable Benefits of Prefabricated Homes
Prefabricated materials and methods are highly sustainable. Benefits include efficient construction processes, reduced waste, increased savings, minimal site impact and less pilferage on site.
SIPs, or Structural Insulated Panels, can reduce construction times by more than 50% as compared to traditional methods & eliminates a large amount of waste typical of on-site construction. The reduction of waste is one of the key benefits of prefabricated construction. Waste can be recycled and reused locally, never being transported to the site, so the cost of waste transportation is eliminated.
Not only do they reduce waste, but prefabricated components take almost 70% less energy to manufacture than conventional components. By designing and building with prefabricated components, the burden of production process efficiency and waste minimalization is on the material manufacturer. Therefore, sustainability is being tackled at the beginning of the construction process.
Prefabricated homes have proven that eco-homes are not only a more valuable investment, but they also create a healthier living environment to suit the socially conscious consumers of today. While being more affordable than traditional bricks-and-mortar homes, and quicker to build, the sustainable advantages of prefabs have proven to be an attractive selling point in increasing its popularity. If you want to learn more about how you can profit from the prefab movement, call our team at 0208 138 1888, email [email protected] or check out our website for more information on our buy-to-let prefabricated home purchase opportunity.