TOWARDS A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF DE-MOUNTABLE CLASSROOMS

  • YEAR
    2014
  • AUTHORS
    Slee, Ben
    Hyde, Richard
  • CATEGORIES
    2014 Conference Papers
    Interface between Research & Industry

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Demountable classrooms account for 12% of all govern-ment classrooms in New South Wales and are regarded by many in the community as providing inferior teaching environments compared to permanent classroom buildings. The first type of demountable classroom was designed 40 years ago to provide a rapidly deployable, classroom building to respond to rapidly changing needs in communi-ties in any of the wide variety of climates across the state. Little re-search into the performance of these buildings has been found in exist-ing literature. Based on anecdotal evidence it is argued that the classrooms no longer meet the needs or expectations of the communi-ties they serve. ‘Demountable classrooms’ are an intrinsically com-plex system and exist within other complex environmental and social systems. Therefore, it is argued, there can be no single optimal solu-tion to the challenges raised by function, climate or social contexts. This paper proposes a new framework, based on a design led method-ology, to understand and develop proposals to improve the perfor-mance of existing demountable classrooms in the climates they en-counter. The proposal also helps us to understand how the performance of lightweight buildings can be improved and adapted to changing climates.

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