Gen7’s Prefab Eco Classrooms Allow for Quick and Sustainable Accommodations for Growing Class Sizes

Bolsa Knolls School in Salinas, CA needed extra classroom space and decided they wanted to create a healthy and productive environment for their students and teachersWhen schools grow too big for their existing facilities, they often have to resort to inefficient modular classrooms, which take a lot of energy to be run and make it seem like your kids are going to school in a trailer park. Gen7 Modular Classrooms by American Modular Systems is working to change that with their energy-efficient, affordable, and environmentally-friendly classrooms that provide healthy and productive learning environments. Over the summer, Gen7 installed a set of six modular classrooms at the Bolsa Knolls Middle School in Salinas, California. In less than a month and a half, the school had six new classrooms, which are far more energy-efficient and healthier than the buildings surrounding them.

Gen7 Modular Classrooms are designed for energy efficiency and feature well–insulated building envelopes, cool roofs, lots of natural light, and efficient mechanical systems. This helps the buildings exceed California Energy Code by more than 30%. Indoor air quality is maintained with an ultra-quiet Thermal Displacement Ventilation system that monitors carbon dioxide levels as well as low- and no- VOC materials. Acoustics were designed to absorb echoes, and natural daylight provides a better learning environment. Additionally, the classrooms are set up with awnings designed to accept a solar system when the school district has enough money.

[via Inhabitat]

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