Flat-Packed Modular Buildings Go Solar

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013
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After three years of testing, in-field trials and tweaks, Blue Planet Buildings has finally launched its new flat packed, sustainable modular building product, which the company claims will enhance – and in most cases solve the shortcomings of – other demountable or temporary buildings.

The advanced structural qualities of the buildings, the brainchild of engineer Derick Wilson, make them suitable not just for all weather conditions, including Category D cyclones and the harsh climate of the Australian desert, but also for difficult site and ground conditions.

No concrete base is required and the self-leveling units just need simple piers, while the six independent and adjustable legs make the rest of the construction process a breeze. The design focuses on ease of assembly from a flat pack design, with the company claiming two non-tradesmen can set it up in 45 minutes.

The buildings are flat-packed for easy transportation, with six packed buildings capable of fitting into a single standard container.

Power levels, the number of windows and doors, plumbing options, and the overall set up of the building are all flexible. This revolutionary new type of modular building can be assembled in multiple levels and supported with its own frame, eliminating the need for costly individual frames to support this type of construction.

One of the most appealing innovations is the fact that the buildings can be run on or off-grid. Patented solar panels are built into the roof and can be sized to provide the amount of power needed for operation free of a grid connection, leaving no carbon footprint.

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Concept of Flat-Packed Modular Solar Building

All electronic components are pre-installed in the panels and certified for use. The units are closed system and are only activated when the system is locked into position and safe to operate. All circuits are fused and run on 240 volts for safety and ease of application.

The buildings are also fitted with 73 millimetres of EPS insulation in the walls and roofs, with 110 millimetres in the floor. This greatly exceeds the statutory code for demountable and modular buildings. Clients can also choose closed cell insulation, providing further insulating value that will increase the overall performance of the building.

Energy savings are thus maximised through first insulating the modules against outside temperatures and then reducing the amount of power needed to cool or heat the building as a whole. In remote or off-grid locations, the use of generators which consume fuel, and which the constant maintenance of fuel cells, had previously been the only solution.

The first modules are rolling out of Blue Planet’s Sydney factory in the hope that the ultra-green, cost-effective buildings could boost a stagnating market with a host of different uses — from school and sports accommodation to mining camps or emergency shelters in disaster zones.

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