Modular construction offers significant environmental advantages


On the other hand, mobile homes (also known as manufactured Container House) are built according to the federal HUD Building Code. This requires all mobile houses to be built on a non-removable steel chassis that severely limits their design options. Mobile houses can be moved from one site to another. Manufactured houses are not built on permanent foundations. Check out our home construction comparison chart.

Prefabricated (prefab or modular) homes used to be associated with ugly, cookie-cutter models that sacrificed style and individuality in favor of a McDonald's-like consistency. Times have changed. Nowadays, prefab homes have a stunning array of customization options, and are more likely to be associated with world-class contemporary design than big-box mediocrity.

Yet, site-built, stick frame (or conventional) construction even with significant limits when it comes to green building continues to dominate the residential construction market. According to a 2010 Annual Builder Practices Survey by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, site-built construction owned 82.4 percent of the market.

In the introduction to her book “Prefabulous World, Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the World” Sheri Koones writes, “We have learned over the years that there are better ways to build a house . . . Prefabrication has been my mantra for a long time because it is such a superior way to build.”

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“Because [systems-built homes] are built in a factory and much of the lumber is pre-cut, there is less scrap and waste; the cut-off pieces are often ground up and recycled; the central location of a factory means no wasted transportation to get workers to an isolated job site, so there’s savings in fuel and energy,” said Steven Winter, Chairman of the U.S. Green Building LEED for Homes Program. “So, in a whole array of material savings, time savings, and energy savings attributes, systems built homes go a long way toward achieving green objectives.”

And while modular construction offers significant environmental advantages over site-built construction when it comes to waste recycling and energy savings, the process also reduces overall construction time to further reduce the Container Houses building impact on the environment.