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Why Prefab Buildings Are Better For The Planet

Posted by admin on December 20, 2019

When it comes to prefab buildings, especially commercial and industrial constructions, one of the many benefits provided is that it tends to be more ecologically friendly than other building methods.

How so? Well, there are a number of factors that go into putting up a prefab building that makes them much better for the planet.

In what ways can a prefab building reduce your carbon footprint? Below, we’ve assembled the top reasons why. 

Reduced Construction Time

Due to the efficient nature of constructing a prefab building, the time it takes to put it altogether significantly reduces the ecological impact.

Less time spent means that fewer materials will be used to pollute, meaning that few construction projects will be causing damage.

It’s estimated that in the UK, 33% of all carbon emissions are caused by construction firms. Prefab buildings can help to significantly reduce that number. 

For example, the time it took to construct for a 135-bed hospital in Kingston-upon-Thames was forecasted to be 35 weeks. 

But, in using modular and prefabricated building processes, they reduced the time of completion to just 19 weeks.

Sustainable Components 

One of the biggest advantages of prefab buildings is that companies can order them with a complete assortment of materials and other kinds of features that help protect the environment. 

In the United States, the Air Force was asked to renovate one of its facilities. The company had to make a temporary house for its employees and wanted a sustainable prefab construction.

The result was a structure with a reflective white coating on the roof for more energy efficiency and recycled materials used for the floor coverings and insulation. 

That wasn’t all! The builders also enhanced the prefab construction with LED lights and plumbing specifically designed to reduce waste. 

Both of these extra features had sensors on them, making sure they were activated when needed. In short, there’s no limit to how many sustainable materials and uses you can put in prefabricated construction. 

Prevents Waste

Another way prefab buildings can be good for the environment is by equipping companies with the right materials to reduce waste. 

Usually, these can be included in the latter stages of construction with upgrades being hastily done, in particular with office installations. 

But even with this in mind, less waste tends to be produced due to the nature of prefab buildings to begin with. 

So, not only are the buildings themselves reducing waste, but the process of creating them is too. 


Materials used to construct a prefab building tend also to be recyclable. That way, in the event a building is knocked down, the resources can be used again for another project.

This plays into the reduced waste point as it helps in producing up 90% less waste than traditional construction methods. 

This means modular buildings are much better for the planet overall. As well as this, they are cost-effective, which is why they are often the preferred method of construction for a lot of companies.

And with environmental concerns becoming much more prevalent in society, it’s becoming more and more prudent for companies to use alternative methods for construction, namely those that are greener. 

Prefabricated Structures at Quickway

If you’re in the market for more environmentally friendly methods for a complete building, we at Quickway can provide you with the means. 

Our steel structures are assembled on-site and we can relocate them so that you never need to spend more than you need to on your building project.

Get in touch with us today or visit our building specifications to get an idea of what we can provide for you. 


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