ST. LOUIS — Thinking about building green? Design/build firm NewGround suggested that credit unions start going modular rather than traditional. "Modular building is becoming a popular green solution because of its inherent eco-friendly construction process," said NewGround Vice President of Accelerated Construction Joe Ijjas. According to NewGround, modular building minimizes on-site waste and provides less site disturbance. The modular structure is constructed off-site while foundation and other work is being done, reducing the time and impact on the surrounding environment. "Essentially, modular building has less construction time, resulting in less energy spent. Modular construction can provide you with a facility built to the same local codes, with construction quality as a comparable site-built building, in much less time," said Ijjas. Modular structures can also be designed and adapted to include green features and conservation practices like solar photovoltaic panels, day-lighting and rainwater harvesting. "It is a common misconception that modular building limits options for the implementation of green strategies. The complete opposite is true. Modular buildings possess a unique flexibility for sustainable design," said Ijjas. In addition, when needs change for a business, a modular building can be disassembled and the modules can be relocated, refurbished, or sold for their next use. This reduces the demand for raw materials and the amount of energy expended to create a building to meet new needs. –[email protected]

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