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Going Green With Prefab Building Components

If there’s one color that now matters in a construction project of any sort, it’s green. 

More than ever, clients are concerned about their impact on the environment. Their desire to be in sync with nature extends from the products they purchase to the cars they drive to the buildings they invest in. 

The Green Revolution is indeed a part of the here and now, and it won’t be going away. 

For builders, prefab building components provide a unique opportunity to meet this element of consumer demand without making drastic changes. In fact, many of the reasons why prefab materials, such as roof and floor trusses and pre-constructed wall panels, are considered "green" are the same as how they streamline a project.

How Prefab Building Components are Environmentally Friendly

Prefab building components are an easy way to create an environmentally friendly project.


Representing the combination of modern manufacturing techniques and construction, prefab materials are already "green." In fact, the most you'll need to do is simply point out to clients these building components are among the best options for an eco-friendly build.

Unlike other building components, prefab house components boast:

  1. Fewer resources to manufacture
  2. Less waste
  3. Streamlined installation
  4. Longevity
  5. Energy efficiency 


1. Fewer Resources to Manufacture

At many construction sites, it's common to see major building components -- roof truss systems and wall framing -- being made on location. While this level of on-site construction is considered standard by many, it's simply not efficient.

Consider roof trusses.

Inside a factory using state-of-the-art technology and machinery, fabricating these building components happens using strict controls. Remember: it takes far fewer people and less energy to manufacture a prefab structural component in a factory than it does at the build site.

2. Less Waste

While there will never be a "zero waste" construction project, prefabricated building 

brings a building closer to meeting that mark.

Through a controlled manufacturing process, the only materials used to make prefab components are what's needed, minimizing scrap that's unusable or destined for a landfill. 

Eliminating the need for on-site fabrication, construction crews won't spend the time and resources needed for cutting, shaping, or trimming the building components. As an added bonus for clients, less waste at the build site reduces the need for renting dumpsters and the associated waste disposal fees.

3. Faster Installation

In a certain respect, prefab building components such as floor trusses and wall panels, are like a puzzle – they're designed to fit together with companion components. This is especially true when they comprise a building system.

Made to fit together seamlessly, prefab components take much less time and manpower to install. In custom home construction, the cohesion prefab components bring to a build allow crews to make a home weather tight in about two weeks, not two months. 

Fast installation is especially beneficial for larger projects or projects with tight deadlines. Any small reduction in construction time and effort can amount to significant project cost savings.

4. Longevity

Though no structure is permanent, some last a lot longer than others -- and that's largely attributed to what comprises the structure.

In modern construction, prefabricated building materials give a building a longer life.

Made with high-quality materials that are precision engineered in a controlled setting, prefab materials are as durable as they are strong. In other words, through careful design, prefab building components easily meet the rigors of application.

To an extent, integrating prefab building components into a structure is a long-term investment. While other materials may require regular maintenance over time, prefabricated materials are designed to withstand the elements and hold up against wear and tear.

5. Energy Efficiency

Prefab building components bring a level of energy efficiency to a structure that traditional construction methods don't.

Prefabricated wall panels (what’s used in panelized construction) lead the charge in this respect.

Pre-constructed wall panels create an airtight seal of sorts that prevents warm or cool air from escaping the building. As a result, building owners can enjoy significant energy savings over time.

What's more, because wall panels are manufactured in a factory setting, they're extremely precise. This means that there is very little thermal bridging, which is the movement of heat through materials that creates drafts and reduces energy efficiency.

Future Proofing Your Business With Prefab Building Momponents 

The future of eco-friendly construction looks bright, as more and more people are becoming interested in sustainable building practices.

By 2030, the green building components market is expected to reach $939.79 billion. In the meantime, all levels of governments are implementing green building codes and regulations.

With prefab building components already integrated into your company's offerings, it's easy to meet both consumer preferences and construction regulations. Partnering with a prefab building material manufacturer makes it even easier. Just like the buildings you construct, the components your building material supplier makes are subject to the same rules and regulations. In essence, you'll have an extra layer of assurance that the components you install in your projects follow the green building codes of today and tomorrow.

Eco-Friendly Prefab building components: Sustainable Construction for Maximum Benefits

It's never been more important to consider prefab building components as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional construction methods.

With the continued focus on and requirements for sustainability and energy efficiency in modern construction projects, prefab building components are an investment that pay off for both you and your clients.

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