Category: Information on portable and modular classrooms


Permalink 07:59:10 am, by mleslie Email , 128 words, 7 views   English (AU)
Categories: Information on portable and modular classrooms

Building the Prefab Schools of the Future

by Dr David Heath and Dr Tharaka Gunawardena, University of Melbourne - Prefab technology is driving the development of new classrooms in Australia that are a world away from the old “portables” you may remember.

Access to schools with high-quality classrooms and safe learning environments is something every parent wants and every child needs. And as our education needs rapidly expand, the modular classroom looks set to play a leading role in our learning environment.

In the state of Victoria alone there are 1547 government schools educating more than 600,000 students. Our population is increasing rapidly, with Victoria forecast to grow from 6.3 million to around 10 million by 2051. This fast population growth is accompanied by the need to develop cost effective solutions that deliver more schools to educate our future children.


Permalink 05:35:31 pm, by mleslie Email , 88 words, 160 views   English (US)
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Collaborative for High Performance School (CHPS) releases new CHPS PreFAB program and pre-approves first model

Sacramento, CA - February 22, 2016 - The Collaborative for High Performance School (CHPS) released the 2016 CHPS PreFABTM Criteria and Program. The CHPS PreFAB program provides a streamlined process for pre-approving prefabricated modular classroom models that meet the CHPS Criteria rating system for healthy, high performance schools. In addition, CHPS is pleased to announce that the Gen7 24x40 foot model is the first to successfully complete the new CHPS PreFAB pre-approval process and Morgan Hill Unified is the first school district to register a CHPS project under the new program.


Permalink 02:00:57 pm, by mleslie Email , 99 words, 227 views   English (US)
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CHPS Criteria and best practices for prefabricated school buildings update

Sacramento, CA - February 1, 2016 - The Collaborative for High Performing Schools (CHPS) is pleased to announce the updating of the CHPS Criteria and best practices for prefabricated school buildings thanks to the generous support of American Modular Systems (AMS) and Bard Manufacturing Company, as Presenting Sponsors. The update is guided by an ad hoc subcommittee of the CHPS National Technical Committee.

The CHPS Best Practices Manual (BPM) Prefabricated Classroom volume (VI) was developed in 2006 and last updated in 2009. This innovative resource provides tools for manufacturers, school districts and design teams to specify, build and acquire high performance relocatable classrooms.


Permalink 06:38:00 am, by mleslie Email , 127 words, 333 views   English (US)
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A New Classroom That Produces More Energy Than It Consumes

by Liz Stinson - Energy neutral buildings are great. But you know what’s even better? Buildings that produce more energy than they consume. That’s the goal of a new type of classroom currently being tested in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

The portable classroom, designed by San Francisco firm Anderson Anderson Architecture, is among the first wave of buildings to claim the “energy positive” label—an eco catchphrase that could soon replace “net zero” as the gold standard of environmentally-friendly bragging rights. Like the name suggests, energy positive simply means a building makes more energy than it uses. In this case, the 1,000-square-foot classroom is projected to produce four times the energy it consumes—the result of eliminating the need for both artificial lighting and air conditioning.


Permalink 01:21:05 pm, by mleslie Email , 56 words, 313 views   English (US)
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In California, Net Zero Classrooms Made From Shipping Containers

San Diego, CA - In collaboration with the Oak Park Unified School District, Balfour Beatty Construction installed seven net-zero modular classroom buildings made of single use containers used for ocean shipping at Oak Park High School. The project marks the first use of this type of modular building approved by the California Division of State Architect.

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