SUSTAINABLE DESIGN PRINCIPLES
Modscape’s approach to sustainability is about creating buildings that reduce our impact on the Earth.
We view a sustainable building as one that is passively designed, constructed in the most sustainable way possible, is considered in its material selection and requires minimal energy to operate.
Various studies conclude that modular prefabrication is the most sustainable way to build, reducing waste by 80% when compared to traditional construction.
Prefabrication utilises a considered use of standardised building material dimensions, drastically minimising cut-offs and waste. For any waste that does occur, Modscape has a dedicated approach to recycling.
In addition, the centralised off-site location of a prefabricated build results in a lowering of carbon emissions – by up to 60% – associated with transporting materials and labour.
All Modscape buildings are designed around a central goal of reducing their impact on the Earth. To achieve this, we employ passive design principles in all our designs.
Through a considered focus on passive design elements – such as the building’s orientation, layout, thermal performance, insulation and ventilation – all Modscape projects achieve an exceptional sustainability standard and require minimal carbon to run.
At Modscape, we only use products of the highest quality to ensure longevity, and we place an emphasis on locally sourced materials that are recyclable, reconstituted or sustainably sourced.
Our modules are constructed using structural steel frames to support vertical load and cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels for horizontal load, both of which are hard-wearing, long lasting and sustainable. Insulation is provided by mineral insulation, windows are double-glazed as standard, and each building is wrapped in Pro Clima building wrap which ensures weathertightness and airtightness to improve thermal performance and reduce Co2 consumption over the course of the building’s life.
We also maximise our use of timber which is sustainably sourced – a renewable material with low embodied carbon – and only utilise zero-formaldehyde and low or no-VOC products.
The systems we incorporate into your design are all carefully selected to complement and enhance the sustainability of the project and minimise its carbon consumption – systems such as 100% electrification, solar panels and rainwater collection.
There are many systems and elements that can be specified in a project to enhance its sustainability. While our designs are bespoke to suit your brief, we can show you options and guide you in selecting the best for your sustainability goals and project parameters. Some of these options include solar panels for the generation of renewable energy, energy-efficient axillary heating and cooling if required (preferably in the form of hydronic heating and ceiling fans) energy-efficient appliances, WELS-rated water fixtures, rainwater collection and greywater recycling systems.
We can combine these systems with our passive approach to design to achieve up to 10-Star Green Star certifications as well as Passivhaus standards and completely off-grid projects.
END OF LIFE
While the considered design, use of high-quality materials and robust structure of every Modscape project results in a building that will last decades, recyclability of materials at end of life is methodically considered in all our designs.
With estimates that the construction and demolition industry contributes around 40% of Australia’s overall landfill, we place high value on creating projects that will help bring that percentage down.
To do so, each Modscape module’s structural steel frame and CLT base is selected not only for sustainability in use, but also because these materials can all be recycled at the end of their life. The emphasis on utilising timber in our designs also allows every part of a build made from this material to be re-used.
Modscape works with a range of highly experienced environmentally sustainable design (ESD) consultants in order to certify and develop our buildings under accreditations such as GreenStar and NatHERS.