Green Sustainability Series, Part 3 – How Prefab Supports Green Building Goals, Post-Construction
As the third and final installment of our “Green Sustainability Series,” we’ll take a closer look at how SurePods’ prefabricated building method supports building owners’ long-term sustainability goals after construction has commenced:
Building with high quality materials means less to renovate later: In addition to reducing material waste during initial construction, high-quality prefabricated modular bathrooms help building owners conserve resources over the long-term – especially when it comes time to renovate and refresh high-use facilities. SurePods manufactures its bathroom pods using durable materials that is fully waterproof and crack-proof ceiling and USG Fiberock Aqua-Tough interior panels. Such materials provide a solid foundation for future bathroom upgrades and eliminate the need for drywall replacement. Consider how many bathrooms multifamily apartments, hospital and hotel rooms have, and how often they are used. By eliminating the need for unnecessary renovations in the short term and long term, building materials and resources can be easily conserved.
Improved air quality and greater energy efficiency: One surprising green building benefit of modular prefabricated bathrooms is their role in improving air quality by reducing the potential for harmful molds. The Modular Building Institute explains that modular construction can improve indoor air quality because, “the modular structure is substantially completed in a factory-controlled setting using dry materials, [so] the potential for high levels of moisture being trapped in the new construction is eliminated.” What’s more, modular bathroom pods can also help contribute to a more airtight, energy efficient building. Green building programs like Energy Star, National Green Building Standard and LEED have airtightness requirements between individual units and a building’s exterior. Modular prefabrication affords more accurate construction, tighter joints and better air filtration, which allows for better wall insulation and an increase in energy efficiency.
If you think your project is a match for SurePods, let’s talk. We have a checklist of technical issues we review with the project team based on our extensive experience. To get started, contact us at surepods.com/contact.