Gen7 eco-classrooms provide a quick and healthy fix for California's booming school system.
Although we fret about VOC paint and toxic cleaners in our homes, we often forget that each day children are shipped off to schools and daycare centers where these health risks aren't given a second thought. With the population increasing at a staggering rate, many schools are struggling just to figure out how they're going to provide each student with enough space to learn.
That's why American Modular Systems (AMS), one of the largest modular manufacturers in the West, decided to create the Gen7 modular classroom- a high-quality, energy-efficient, green learning space that can be constructed and delivered to schools in need quickly and affordably.
Constructed using a high amount of recycled and recyclable materials with low- and zero-VOC interiors, and a learning-enhancing acoustical design, the first-ever Gen7 modular classrooms were delivered earlier this month to the Bolsa Knolls Middle School in Salinas, Calif.
Some Eco-Highlights of the Gen7 Design
- 100% recycled, formaldehyde-free, mineral board sheathing for roof and wall backing — Clean air, less maintenance, mold- and pest-resistant
- 100% recycled R-31 wall, R-40 roof thermal insulation — Exceeds energy requirements, cleaner air, moldresistant,
zero formaldehyde, zero VOCs
- 100% recycled, tackable interior surfaces — no VOCs, with water-based ink over 100% recycled backer, low
maintenance, improved indoor air quality
- Innovative smart lighting with natural daylight harvesting and energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems ensure that each classroom is highly energy-efficient, exceeding California Title 24 Energy Code by more than 30 percent.
Why green schools?
"Not only do green schools enjoy 20 percent higher test scores, fewer absences, lower healthcare costs and higher teacher retention," said Tony Sarich, VP of operations for American Modular Systems, "these eco-friendly, low-maintenance classrooms save money for the school districts -- both in installation costs and energy savings -- up to $100,000 per year in direct cost savings and long-term savings of more than 30 percent."