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Save energy with modular buildings

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Strong Energy Savers, Modular Buildings Are Gaining New Supporters In The Business Sector

The first advertisement for pre-fabricated homes was seen in 1837. A London carpenter used the advertisement to get more people to buy his houses, these were made of components and built onsite.

According to the Australian Southern Record, Harry Manning’s homes were the first of their kind. However, today, more than homes are being constructed by pre-fabrication. Temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent (steel) buildings are being made simply assembling structures on-site.

While Manning may be credited with building the first prefab home, prefabrication was not only for homes. It was used for buildings, too. During the Crimean War, prefab buildings considered temporary and semi-permenant were credited with lowering the death rate of dying soldiers from 42 percent to 3.5 percent. Innovations, such as: sanitation (where soldiers were sheltered from the weather), ventilation, and a flushing toilet, saved lives.

Temporary buildings, made from modular parts, historically have been used for: military hospitals, company showrooms, warehouses, temporary storage spaces, loading bays, emergency uses (such as when there was massive flooding near Surrey in 2005), sporting facilities and for extra storage.

Prefab buildings today are useful for open houses and restaurant openings

Prefabricated buildings have so many uses, depending upon whether a building ready-to-be built is either temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent. Did you know the fast food giant, McDonald’s, uses prefabricated buildings for its’ restaurant openings? It is a smart move because these buildings can be assembled in 13 hours or less, and many prefab buildings are eco-friendly. Modular buildings that are temporary or semi-permanent only require 3 percent of energy to rebuild when alterations are made, and these buildings were (and still are) fast to set up, take down, and move.

Thanks to advances in technology, a modular building can be constructed up to 50 percent faster when using temporary or semi-temporary building, than a traditionally constructed building. This is because the temporary buildings do not require foundations.

They are a great choice for companies who may quickly need extra space because they are assembled quickly, and a company that is hiring doesn’t need to be concerned with maintenance. Maintenance is the responsibility of Smart Space.

Interim buildings or semi-permanent buildings may also be a great option because they allow for heating and cooling; they can also provide more cost efficient lighting with the provision of clear roof paneling to let in natural sunlight to provide lighting inside the building.

These modular buildings appeal to the local government planners due to their potential for insulation and fast construction timescales.

Why a modular building is an eco-friendly, better choice

 An additional plus for temporary and semi-permanent buildings is that they don’t leave much waste. They can be disassembled and recycled easily because their construction only requires bolts in the ground or a level concrete base, depending on which type of modular building is chosen. If a permanent building is chosen, construction may require a level, raised base. They also may take more than 28 days to build.

Why retailers should consider Modulars of any Kind

These modulars are cheaper to make many times than other types of buildings because they can be assembled up to 50 percent faster. Without having to install HVAC and only having to to provide the PVC roof fabric, footing, the concrete base, steel walls, roof claddings and some insulation, temporary and semi-permanent buildings are the fastest to build.

However, retailers also need to consider how long they will need modulars. Temporary buildings, in place three months to three years, is the best option for some retailers because installation is fastest. Interim buildings, that companies know they will be using for three to seven years, are also a good option. They can either be supplied, pre-determined, with some hire agreements or retailers can buy. They do have the option to sell back to the manufacturer later.

One major difference between temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent Buildings

Has your company ever considered buying modular buildings, as opposed to building fresh onsite? What would you consider the biggest advantage to getting a temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent modular? Having a new, permanent modular means retailers must make a commitment to buy, not hire. Though a permanent modular may take the longest building time, the advantage is these modulars are also the most cost efficient to heat, cool, and light.

At Smart Space, here in the UK, we design instant buildings that are used for a variety of purposes and are built quickly. We know our customers need buildings that can be built fast, are strong, and meet their energy-efficiency needs -- while keeping costs down. We are British-made, British-based, and British-made. Our team currently numbers more than 20 and our specialists always give our customers the best customer service possible. We endeavor to deliver what is best for our customers, not what suits us. To discuss how our temporary buildings may benefit your business, visit us at: smart-space.co.uk.

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