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Sustainable Modular Classroom

Exploring the Top Sustainable Benefits of Modular Classrooms

We’ve discussed the major advantages of finished portable buildings in previous blog posts, but when it comes to modular classroom technology, sustainability is key. In fact, the Northwest Portable Classroom Project conducted by Washington State University in 2003 found that portables built to the 1993 code were 44% more energy efficient than models built 25 years prior. Further, portables built to 2000 codes are 20% more energy efficient than the 1993 models. With that in mind, here’s what you should know about the sustainable features that used modular school buildings can provide.

Waste Reduction

First, investing in finished portable buildings for educational institutions drastically helps to cut down on waste. Permanent Modular Construction “PMC” are 60% to 90% completed in a factory-controlled environment, and transported and assembled at the final building site. This construction method is inherently sustainable because there’s no massive load of construction waste to clear away and dispose of when the building structure is completed.

More Customization

The overwhelming reason to use portable classrooms was speed of delivery (35%) followed by shifting enrollments (26%) and the relatively inexpensive nature of the classrooms (25%). When it comes to shifting enrollments, finished portable school buildings offer countless customization options to ensure proper sizing as well as maximum efficiency. The ability for used modular school buildings to be repurposed, relocated, refurbished, and resized contribute to technology’s inherent quality of sustainability.

Resource Management

Educational institutions that invest in finished portable school buildings also have a better system of managing essential resources. For example, Modular construction decreases design and construction time by up to 50%, with fewer change orders, earlier occupancy and improved cash flow. Plus, the materials used in construction are often being reused, ensuring maximum sustainability through proper recycling and disposal of eco-friendly materials.


Ultimately, nearly 40% of the contractors surveyed said that prefab and modular construction is a growing part of their companies as well as part of their future strategic construction initiatives. Knowing the sustainable benefits of finished portable buildings can help you make the most informed decisions regarding the sizing needs of your educational institution. For more information about finished portable buildings for sale, contact ABS.

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