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First CHPS-Approved Modular Classroom

A section of the modular classrooms installed in Salinas, California in 2010. Recently the classrooms earned CHPS verification.

Photo: American Modular Systems

Salinas, California is now home to the first modular classrooms verified by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). Modular classrooms installed in August 2010 at Bolsa Knolls Middle School received CHPS verification for New School Construction in February 2011—only the second California school to achieve CHPS verification. The 5,760 ft2, six-classroom facility was designed and installed in about 60 days using Gen7 modular systems, which are made with high recycled content, low-VOC finishes, and recyclable materials. Post-occupancy, productivity has improved, and absenteeism for both teachers and students has been reduced, according to a Gen7 press release. The classrooms are expected to be 30% more efficient than California Title 24 energy code requirements, thanks to efficient mechanical systems, climate control, acoustic design, and daylight harvesting. CHPS requires third-party verification of its stringent health, comfort, and environmental sustainability requirements. Another California school district, Santa Rita Union, will install similar classrooms in June 2011. For more information, visit www.gen7schools.com.

 

Published June 1, 2011

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