Getting an Eco-Friendly Modular Home? Here’s How to Do It
Buying a house is a dream that many people have. But because houses are understandably expensive, not a lot get to realize this dream. Many just settle with renting a space in an apartment building. Some of the unluckier ones have to live with others just to make ends meet.
Good thing the housing industry is becoming more and more responsive to the call to make homes much more affordable to a lot of people. Builders now have found and devised a lot of ways to cut costs.
One of the rising methods to cut building costs is to build parts of the home off-site. Called modular houses, these units are just assembled on-site using cranes and other similar equipment.
Aside from being cheaper, modular houses are also marketed for their eco-friendliness. Because they are built indoors–in the confines of the manufacturer’s controlled factory–wastage is kept at a minimum. Precise measurements are taken and quality control measures are easily implemented. If there are excess materials, they can easily be used on other projects. This is where a big part of its environmental value comes from.
But there are actually a lot of other ways to increase a modular home contribution to salvaging the environment. Discussed in the sections that follow are just three of the many options that you can explore. You can also apply them all if you are really into the advocacy.
Incorporate energy-saving measures in the design.
Just because a house is modular doesn’t really mean that you will not have control over its design and overall aesthetics. There are companies that allow customization, and they are more than willing to accommodate most of your requests. If you really are for the environment, you can add in the design features that allow you to maximize your use of natural light. You can add bigger windows in living areas and rooms. You can also ask the contractor to use materials that let sunlight in on some portions of the roof.
Customize, but don’t overdo it.
Truth be told, building a modular house is just like building any other contemporary home. You need a lot of planning. You make sure that the materials are sturdy. Most importantly, you are allowed to customize. But just because the design can be personalized doesn’t really mean that you should go all out on it. Remember, the more complex the demand is, the costlier it becomes and the bigger impact it has on the environment. Environmentally friendly structures often sport simple aesthetics. Of course, this doesn’t mean that they are ugly. On the contrary, they look look quite streamlined, modern, and sophisticated.
Solar panels, perhaps?
What’s nice about modular or prefabricated houses is that they are usually built with the piping and electrical systems already incorporated in the structure. It is because of this that they are often cheaper than on-site buildings, which usually require another set of contractors for plumbing and wire installation. Having said this, you must be clear with your intentions to go solar right from the beginning. This way, your contractor can make necessary adjustments to the design of your modular home.