PALO ALTO, Calif., (May 7, 2021) – S2A Modular, on a mission to be an industry leader of smart, environment-friendly, modular homes, announced its use of healthy building materials are not only better for the Earth, but better for the building occupants as well. As the California-based creator of the first electrically self-sustaining, custom and smart-connected “GreenLux” luxury residences and commercial buildings, S2A Modular is committed to its holistic approach of green living through the use of advanced building materials and building methods to revolutionize the construction industry.
More than 30% of total global energy use is attributed to buildings and the construction process and this has caused more consumers to explore a greener, non-toxic lifestyle. Some industry professionals believe in 2021 that more than 45% of architectural firms expect to have at least half of their projects certified green – up from just 16% four years ago.
Sustainability in Construction
Sustainable properties are identified as “environmentally friendly” which include specific sustainable characteristics like low energy usage, reduced water usage, carbon neutral, feature renewable energy generation, storage and management, in addition to being constructed in a sustainable factory.
Companies building green buildings also elevate the construction process by meeting and exceeding LEED and Passive Haus designs and codes which includes the incorporation of organic building materials, technologically advanced windows and doors, higher R ratings to insulation, water conservation, innovative low-voltage lighting and more.
Supporting this trend are the suppliers of construction materials which have developed several new, innovative, green materials giving builders more options to implement these materials into their projects. S2A Modular has committed to this standard by utilizing as many sustainable materials as possible. The company has also been added to the advisory board of WELL™, the first standard completely focused on the health and wellness of building occupants. WELL identifies 100 performance metrics, design strategies, and policies that can be implemented by the owners, designers, engineers, contractors, users and operators of a building.
Reducing the Carbon Footprint
The construction industry is also working hard to decrease its carbon footprint by choosing sustainable building materials. For instance, S2A Modular’s GreenLux homes are designed from the ground up with several organic-based products that emit lower levels of Volatile Organic Compounds or (VOCs) which outperform traditional building materials. The company combines that with extremely efficient appliances, low-voltage lighting, Graphene solar panels and a home energy storage system to give occupants extremely healthy living conditions while reducing their impact on the environment.
Net Zero and Net Positive Living
Green construction is truly a holistic approach, but its foundation is based in energy. A building’s ability to generate, store and the manage energy enables Net Zero and Net Positive conditions, which means a building creates the same amount of energy or more than it needs to operate. Net Positive is achieved when a building generates more energy than it uses, allowing sent back to grid or wholesale markets and generates residual income for its owner and relieves the grid in high demand times.
Another way the industry is reducing its impact on the environment is by using recycled or salvaged materials. By using these materials, companies have reduced the amount of energy and raw materials by almost 75 percent.
One of the most exciting breakthroughs in healthy living has been the addition of UV LED light systems to mini-split HVAC units to purify the air by killing mold and other organic compounds that can be harmful to occupants.
As innovation continues, there is no doubt the demand for healthier building materials will continue to expand across the residential and commercial construction industries. S2A Modular, with its roots in luxury and sustainable living, remains committed to incorporating all the latest technologies into their buildings and will continue exploring new healthy building technologies to ensure its customers experience the best possible healthy living environments possible.