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Last edited 02 Mar 2021
Modular Buildings in the Educational Sector
Modular buildings are incredibly versatile, meaning that they can be used for several applications, but one of the most popular uses of modular buildings is within the educational sector, specifically as classrooms in schools.
When using a modular building as a classroom, there are a few things that need to be taken into account:
 What will it look like?
- Making the modular building inviting for everyone.
- Ensuring that it is full of natural light as opposed to artificial lighting.
- Making sure that the building is constructed of the highest quality materials.
One of the reasons why modular buildings are popular is because they are incredibly quick to install compared to a building that is made of bricks and mortar. Modular buildings can be built offsite, meaning that they won’t cause any disruption during busy times at the school or university.
Another important thing to remember is to make sure that the correct planning permission has been put in place. If installing a modular building, it must be checked that the necessary paperwork has been sorted prior to installation.
 Other important things to consider
The main issue that people tend to have about modular buildings is that they can be unattractive and an unproductive place to learn. However, another great benefit of modular buildings is that they are very customisable.
For example, if different types of windows are wanted to be situated within the modular building, then the manufacturer can easily change the position of the windows or change the type of window entirely.
It’s also very important to consider the maintenance and foundations of the modular building. They aren’t designed in the same way as an ordinary classroom, so it is important to make sure that they are able to withstand the elements all year round, as well as ensuring that they stay as structurally stable as possible.
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