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January 15, 2013

Modular Green Building Improves Student Well-Being

Modular Green Building Improves Student Well-Being

Green building among all market sectors is becoming an international standard. Each sector, from residential to educational building, continues to increase its commitment to sustainability. Green education construction in particular is now a 16 billion dollar industry.

According to McGraw-Hill Construction's Green Outlook 2013, green school construction has dramatically increased since 2008 and now accounts for the largest opportunity in green construction as a whole. Nearly half of all new education construction is green, almost tripling since 2008.

In their report they predicted that all new school construction is expected to be green by 2025.

Why this sudden rise in green construction in the educational market?

Several factors influence the idea to produce green buildings.

The environmental movement, as well as the push towards more sustainable living, becomes more internationally accepted as human impact on the environment becomes more and more apparent.

In the United States in particular there is a consensus to improve the well being of students K through university level by the production of green educational facilities. Green construction in the educational market has the support of countless green building organizations that have specific programs dedicated to this endeavor.

Heavy use throughout the school year prevents educational facilities from undergoing extensive maintenance without extreme inconvenience. In order to prevent this hassle, as well as reduce any hazards associated with cheap construction, each building material utilized is carefully chosen in an attempt to improve the well being of the students.

Architecture firms are focusing on sustainability, with one firm in particular at the forefront. As a global leader in the green building movement, Perkins + Will continues their commitment to sustainability with their current production of prefabricated green modular classrooms. Modular building is an attractive method due to its inherent lack of construction waste as the finished materials are transported to the site.

As reported by Inhabitat, Sprout Space is a prefab modular classroom that provides a healthy, sustainable, and flexible space for students to learn.
The first Sprout Space features,

“Generous daylight through expansive clerestory windows and glass doors…sun shades, rainwater collection, photovoltaic roof panels, LED lighting…efficient heating and cooling systems”

The initial prototype will be displayed in DC in March until the end of the year as part of the Green Schools exhibit

images courtesy of © Perkins + Will
information courtesy of © Perkins + Will, Inhabitat, McGraw-Hill Construction

DISCLAIMER: This project does not feature ALPOLIC Materials. The Architecture, Design and Sustainability sections of our blog are for global projects that we find remarkable.

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