Frequently Asked Questions:

1) What’s the advantage of building green?

The goal is to construct healthy, high performance buildings that also reduce operating costs, conserve resources, and provide a natural and sustainable environment.
a) Green buildings are healthier because they make use of fresh air technologies to provide clean and comfortable air. This lessens the chance of contracting an airborne illness. It has been shown that hospital patients heal quicker when in rooms that have natural light and fresh air. This natural environment can improve mood and concentration.

b) Lower overall cost. Any initial premium invested in effective green technologies pays for itself many times over.

c) Environmentally responsible. The low environmental impact of the green building method means that natural resources are being conserved during the construction and entire lifespan of the building.

 

2) What makes our modular buildings green?

a) Super Insulation: High R value insulation is incorporated into all of our designs.  We use continuous insulation and vapor barriers that prevent thermal bridging and maintain a tight building envelope. This is critical to reduce heating and cooling cost and keep moisture out of the modular building envelope.
b) Built in a controlled factory environment: Our modular buildings are constructed indoors so they are not subject to extreme temperatures or moisture. The building components are kept dry during the whole process and there is no chance for them to freeze or be subject to high heat. There is also tighter quality control and regular QC inspections of all aspects of the construction process resulting in a better finished product.
c) Clean and fast, less disruption from construction: Modular construction accelerates the process, dramatically reducing the amount of workers, trucks and equipment moving around your site. This cuts down on the noise, dust, erosion, pollution and general disruption of a regular construction site. The Project is completed more quickly and cleanly, cutting down the impact on your site (and your neighbors!).
d) Less Waste: Because materials are delivered in bulk and stored indoors at the modular manufacturing facility, there is less chance of damage from rain, theft or extreme temperatures. The manufacturing process also allows close monitoring of waste and maximizes recycling opportunities.

 

3) What is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)?

LEED is a standard of Green Building construction administered by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC.org). Building design and construction is judged using a point system where you earn credit for each green element incorporated in the project.  Platinum is the highest level of certification, then Silver and Bronze.  The USGBC also educates professionals in the construction industry about the methods of Green (LEED) construction. When an individual demonstrates a competent understanding of the process of LEED certification, they then are awarded the Accredited Professional (LEED AP) status.

 

4) What if I have a building already but just want to make it more “Green”?

There are usually a number ways to green an existing building. The first step is usually making the building envelope weather tight. Sufficient insulation and gap sealing are vital to making a building “tight”. Water conversation methods and high efficiency appliances reduce the amount energy and water required to operate the building.  Alternative energy production equipment (Solar and Wind generators) can be added to produce enough energy to satisfy the requirements of the building. The ultimate goal is to have the structure achieve “net Zero” or “passive house” status where the net energy cost is zero.


5) What is the cost of Green Construction?

The idea behind building Green is to achieve cost savings over traditional construction over the life span of the building. Green construction may cost 5-10% more initially but the savings in energy cost more than make up for this incremental amount.  The payback period (the amount of time required to recoup the investment) varies depending on the green element but the quickest payback is seen with increased insulation and high efficiency heating and cooling. The payback for these features can be in the 1-3 year range. Alternative energy equipment (solar, wind, geothermal) may take longer (5-15 years) but decreasing prices, advancement in designs, tax incentives and creative financing can shorten the payback time considerably.

6) Is Financing available?

Yes. In most cases, financing is available. Lease or Lease/Purchase programs are other
possibilities for green modular buildings and their components.

7) How long does a project take?

For a complete modular green building, average projects can be completed in 3-6 months. This can vary quite a bit depending on the size and scope of work but modular buildings are usually complete 30-50% faster than using conventional construction methods.





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