Modular Building Institute

New Generation of Relocatable Classrooms

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Main Category:
Green Building Design
Triumph Modular
C & B Custom Modular, Inc.
14 x 64 x 14
Gross Size of Project:

Award Criteria

  1. Thermal Comfort Strategy
    The HVAC system by Lennox is capable of connection to a PC, optimizing user controls for maximum system efficiency. It senses humidity levels and ultra violet light kits treat coils of mold and organic buildup. It imports air as required by occupancy and has the highest energy efficiency rating available.
  2. Indoor Air Quality Strategy
    The building envelope meets stringent air sealing requirements, controlling unwanted moisture and heat loss. Roof, floor, exterior walls, doors and windows exceed the required “R Values” of base code. (A material’s R-value is the measure of its resistance to heat flow.) Continuous “vapor barrier” between interior wall finish and insulation eliminates unwanted heat loss and air movement. Insulation is Greenguard™ certified, which simply put, means that it has met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  3. Daylighting Strategy
    Classrooms have large operable windows that are double insulated and argon filled to slow unwanted heat transfer. They are low-e which reflects hottest sun from the interior while providing the natural lighting. This reduces the call for electric light and air conditioning.
  4. Acoustic Strategy
    Roof mounted mechanical systems are significantly quieter than traditional wall mounted systems. Acoustical drop ceiling panels significantly dampen sound reverberation within rooms.
  5. Energy Efficiency Strategy
    The building exceeds the reduced lighting power of 1.1watt/sq foot as required by IECC 2009 and the Mass “stretch” appendix. The lighting fixtures are styled to provide direct and indirect distribution in a state-of-the-art recessed basket for exceptional reflectivity. Low flow water closets (1.28 gpf) and urinals (0.5 gpf) reduce water consumption, saving water and money while protecting the environment at the same time.
  6. Architectural Excellence
    The temporary modular complex at the Newman Elementary School in Needham, MA, enabled students to continue learning on site in an optimal environment during the school’s renovation. The building features up-lighting with USG Illusion Two ceiling tiles, a wide variety of windows including 4’x6’ hopper windows and 6’ round diameter windows to take advantage of natural light. The surfaces, materials and colors used in the space are designed to provide vibrancy, fun and creative inspiration, while also promoting health, sustainability, functionality and hygienic ease of maintenance. Roof-mounted, “Energence™” HVAC systems by Lennox were installed with energy recovery ventilators and UV light technology which kills allergens. Floor, wall and ceiling systems are designed to limit sound transfer between rooms and dampen sound reverberation. Aluminum ramps were installed in sections for easier mobility to the next user and the HardiePanel® and aluminum extrusions provide a modern façade.
  7. Economic Practicality
    In its current use, this is a sizable installation of 35,620 sq ft and was installed in 60 days. The modular school complex is comprised of three separate buildings, and the 38 modules include 30 classrooms, administration offices, and 3 multi-stall restrooms. Each of the 3 buildings has 10 classrooms that are connected via a ramped corridor. This modular solution uniquely offers flexibility, style and green features for a short-term need. When the school addition is completed, they will have leased the modular school buildings for only 12 months. The modular classroom buildings meet the requirements of the Mass “Stretch Energy Code” which is an appendix to the Massachusetts State Building Code adopted in May 2009, allowing municipalities to voluntarily substitute for the standard energy code. The “stretch code” is based on the IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) 2009, but with approximately 20% greater building efficiency requirements.
  8. Other
    Each of the classrooms has its own SMART Board, an interactive white board that is a powerful teaching tool. The touch-sensitive display connects to a computer and digital projector to show your computer image. You can then control computer applications directly from the display, write notes in digital ink and save your work to share later.
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