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A modular and efficient (smart) classroom

Following the lead of the modernists (see earlier post here), who envisaged an architecture of clean functional modular parts - are these classrooms designed by Anderson Anderson Architecture for Hawaii.

Not only does the design allow for fast and efficient construction, but focuses on the occupants' health and comfort and teaches about eco efficiency and energy consumption.

The energy performance of the building is monitored and broadcasted to students inside as well as to the web for all to view - thus the building becomes a tool for learning about energy consumption and preservation.

The design also considers lifecycle (energy and maintenance) costs and will be monitored for it's performance over two years. Thus any issues are noted, reported, analysed and subsequently improved upon - ultimately (hopefully!) improving the quality of future learning spaces for all.

Focusing not only on energy efficiency (for example with the use of photovoltaic panels) the building's design provides comfort with shaded north-facing daylight glazing and ventilation (providing thermal comfort), while materials are chosen not only for their low-maintenance but for being healthy (low-VOC) and acoustically comfortable.

The building is prefabricated in three easily transportable modules, reducing initial cost and energy. A steel frame and steel and rigid foam, sandwich panel floor and roof system with a double-skin wall metal cladding reduces heat gain. The modularity of the construction system allows relocation and future re-use of the building without typical demolition and disposal waste of materials and embedded energy.

One in four students in Hawaii currently study in poor-quality portable classrooms. The States plans to replace 10,000 of these units over the next ten years. This classroom concept being mass produced hopes to meet the demand for classrooms as required.

Via ArchDaily.


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