Environmental Benefits of Prefabricated School Buildings

The process of assembling prefabricated school buildings involves using recyclable materials and incorporating sustainable construction practices. It’s one of the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective solutions to make an addition to a school with a minimised carbon footprint. The following are some of the ways prefabricated schools promote eco-friendly construction habits.

Prefabricated School Buildings

1. Less Waste Produced During Construction

The assembly process of prefab school buildings is significantly different from that of traditional buildings. For starters, there’s less waste involved due to prefabricated school buildings being built off-site in a controlled environment. On a traditional construction site, more materials are discarded as it’s just not practical when meeting a deadline to gather those items to reuse later. Since the modules in a prefab school are built in a factory the additional surplus material is collected and later reused in future projects.

Throughout the construction process, traditional brick buildings are exposed to weather conditions that tend to lead to more material being disposed of. A prefab school building isn’t exposed to outside weather during the assembly process, so not only is it able to reuse material but it’s also able to be constructed quickly. Overall, green modular school buildings face less environmental interference. Therefore, more exact cuts and measurements can be made, which minimises the creation of waste.

2. Prefabricated School Buildings Are More Energy Efficient

There is more control in the manufacturing process when the modules of prefab school buildings are designed in a factory. Insulation tends to be more precise due to this controlled setting, which leads to a reduction in energy consumption in how these modules are assembled. Modular buildings are made with energy efficiency in mind and contribute to producing a smaller carbon footprint than traditional brick and mortar.

The overall design of prefabricated school buildings makes them more energy efficient. A portable classroom isn’t built the same way as a standard building. It doesn’t need to be assembled with hallways in mind, so there’s less open space for wasted energy. In a modular school building, air conditioning and heating aren’t being used in areas that normally go unoccupied.

3. Utilising Environmentally Friendly Materials

Materials such as aluminium and steel are used in the assembly of prefabricated schools. These materials are important as they’re some of the most reusable and recyclable building materials. This is a major contrast from buildings where the majority of materials used are wood, drywall (plasterboard) and other items that aren’t as easy to recycle. Modular school buildings are designed with materials that can not only be repurposed but also provide thermal efficiency and help with the reduction of energy consumption.

Prefab school buildings provide a cost-effective alternative to the construction of traditional buildings. All these practices allow schools to reduce operating costs, so they’re not only built with energy-efficient materials but also provide long-term savings benefits.

4. Offering a Greener Construction Solution

The streamlined fashion in which modular classrooms are assembled is a huge benefit to the environment. Due to being assembled in a factory, they’re built using fewer materials than traditional brick buildings. Additionally, these structures utilise easily recyclable materials enhancing their long-term sustainability.

By mainly being comprised of recyclable materials, the development of prefabricated school buildings can commit to long-term practices that can influence the very future of construction. Traditional methods of construction tend to generate more waste than the assembly of modular buildings. This idea is explored more in our blog on Modular Vs Traditional Classroom Construction.

5. Opportunity for Additional Integration of Green Systems

The great thing about prefabricated school buildings is that once they’ve been completed, they can still be modified with sustainable accessories to be even more environmentally conscious. Solar panels are a popular addition to prefabricated classrooms. So not only would you have a prefabricated building designed with energy efficiency in mind, but you could utilise solar energy to further reduce your electric bill. Additional green systems like low-flow toilets and improved ventilation can also be added on to a modular school building, this helps with water conservation and improved indoor air quality.

Modular building techniques are presenting greener solutions to traditional construction, as well as a means of savings through energy efficiency. There are a variety of options for modular classrooms that can serve as a practical answer to the ever-growing need for additional space. Start your journey and receive a free quote for a bespoke modular classroom including all the green solutions you may want with your fully equipped learning space.