If you start talking about portable buildings in schools, many will recall the damp and uninviting cabins that use to pervade many educational facilities when they needed more space in a hurry or on a budget.
Modular buildings have been completely transformed thanks to new technology and quality manufacturing standards, so today’s portable buildings will now more likely be a modern and attractive building solution that bears no resemblance to its predecessors.
The temporary long-term solution
The image problem suffered by portable buildings is relatively easy to understand when you can find examples of structures that were put in place as a temporary solution and then used constantly for many years.
Poor lighting and inadequate ventilation are just two issues that blighted these old buildings, which were really meant to be temporary and have therefore gone well past their sell by date.
Prefabricated structures were a cheap and easy solution for schools and organizations that needed extra space in a hurry and on a limited budget. The positive point to note is that today’s modular buildings still offer a quick and cost-effective solution, but you will now be getting a building that is built to last and definitely fit for purpose.
Environmental considerations are certainly on the agenda when it comes to building projects these days and temporary portable classrooms in the form of ultra-modern modular buildings, are able to tick a lot of boxes with their green credentials.
Portable classrooms for example, have always been in demand around the world as educational facilities sometimes struggle to cope with the volume of students that they need to teach at any one time. One of the problems with old portable buildings from the past was air quality, but this has been addressed with the new structures that are available.
Portable classrooms in the form of modular buildings are now being designed to be as competent as possible in terms of emissions and energy-efficiency and the aim is to meet and exceed current standards regarding sustainable building.
A pleasant environment
The current generation of students who are being taught in new modular buildings that have been designed as classrooms, will enjoy better air quality thanks to improved technology and techniques and they might even be in a building that generates its own energy and harvests its own water too.
The point about the current generation of portable modular buildings is that they have the capacity to become a genuine asset to the school and offer a viable solution to their needs. This is quite a turnaround from the previous generations of portable buildings which were more likely to be viewed as the weakest aspect of the school’s educational facilities.
Students and teachers no longer need to be subjected to poor air quality and an environment that is hardly conducive to learning. There are now portable solutions in the form of modular buildings that actually offer a permanent answer to the needs of schools and other organizations who need a modern and eco-friendly alternative to brick construction.
Antony Hunt started providing portable building solutions way back in 1984. As managing director for Smart Space, he likes to post what he has learned on the web. You can read his articles on many education, construction and business websites and blogs.