The construction industry is the largest contributor to UK landfill waste and with landfills filing and their unsightly appearance damaging the UK landscape, what can be done to change this sector?


In their report, DEFRA outlined that in 2016 construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) contributed to 62% of the total waste that reached landfill.  As we become more aware of the environmental impacts associated with waste, methods of construction are urged to change with the times. 


Modular Construction 


Modular construction is a modern building method where buildings are designed and manufactured in an offsite facility which has a controlled environment.

Forbes noted that during 2017-2018: 7.5% of UK homes, 15% of Japanese homes, 20% of German homes and 84% of Swedish homes were built in a modular fashion.  This is great news for the environment since research has found that offsite construction can reduce waste by up to 90%, energy by 67% and speed up the construction process by 50%.

Modular construction utilizes the well-known mantra ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ and due to their design, any damaged aspects of the building can be easily replaced and if you want to move, the building can be deconstructed and moved with you!

In respect to materials, modular buildings frequently adopt environmentally friendly materials and can reuse metals, woods and plastic from past builds thus, reducing landfill waste.


Huub and Modular Buildings


At Huub we only produce modular buildings. We use premium eco and recycled materials such as aluminium and plastic as well as FSC approved wood.  By using recycled goods we help elongate the lifetime of materials therefore, reducing landfill waste.

From a company perspective producing modular buildings means that we can offer a range of designs that suit our clients needs. We design buildings which offer the space for home offices, home gyms, an extra bedroom, a studio or an extension! And since we do this in a modular fashion, we can provide you the room you want with a reduced impact upon the  environment. Reduced carbon footprint, reduced waste, quicker delivery and minimal disturbance to your own home…that sounds pretty good to me!

Below is one of our most popular models, the Type 31.  This model has a canopy and can fit hot tubs and outside heaters so you can make the most of the space all year round.  The roof houses up to 16 solar panels which can generate 5200 kWh per year of energy – this is enough to power your home for a whole year. 


About Huub:

Huub is a Dorset based, British company that constructs modular, timber framed, solar powered garden buildings. Huubs are built in an off-site facility in Dorset and offer a great opportunity to generate solar energy and add additional space to your home at a relatively low cost (approximately £1500 per m2).


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Or phone us on: 01305 250429



DEFRA (2020). UK Statistics on Waste [PDF]. Available at: [Accessed:14/01/2021].


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