Green Modular Classroom better for kids, environment, school budgetsBy: Dan Orzech, staff writer - Thursday, June 7, 2007
When school officials need more classroom space in a hurry, the environment may be the last thing on their minds. With the new SmartSpace Classroom – the nation's first environmentally-friendly Modular classroom – schools don't have to sacrifice sustainability to get new classroom space fast. Created by Cliff Cort, President of Triumph SmartSpace of Littleton, Massachusetts, the classroom can be installed in as little as five days.
SmartSpace is loaded with features to reduce energy use – and a school district's utility bills. The modular classroom includes a quiet, two-stage heating and cooling system, which is far more efficient than standard wall units, double-paned low-e windows, and a highly-insulated building envelope. It also features a reflective roof to cut air-conditioning costs, sun-tunnel skylights, and smart lighting sensors, which automatically dim the lights when the sun provides enough natural light, and turns them off when people leave. The result is a building which can deliver up to 50 percent energy savings over normal cost, according to the Harvard, Massachusetts-based Hickory Consortium, a sustainable building consultancy.
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