They can vary in size, be adapted for children and are as safe and energy efficient as permanent housing. Movable schools and kindergartens are Ramirent’s solution to the growing need for temporary facilities.
The demand for flexibility in the school world is increasing with population growth and as children are growing up and families are moving. For Ramirent Group, which has rented modular buildings since the start of the new millennium, the often rapidly developing and diverse requirements of suitable educational facilities around Sweden opened up a new market. Both municipalities and private free schools are among its customers.
Now, the smart module houses have their own brand, Ramirent Temporary Space™, plus an easy to navigate website (www.ramirent-ts.com).
– What we want to do with the brand is highlight some extra modules, as Ramirent is primarily known for its construction equipment rental solutions. But, above all, we want to show the difference between what are popularly known as “barracks” and what this brand is, namely, temporary houses, says Mikael Salenstedt, Senior Vice President of Ramirent Temporary Space.
Each module essentially acts like a Lego brick, he explains:
– We have a series of modules which we make offices from, another that we build homes from, one for schools, and one tailored specifically for kindergartens. In the latter, we have features such as low windows so that the kids can look out, comfort heating in the floors, small toilets and electrically height adjustable changing table for the working environment’s sake.
Even in terms of size, movable houses are flexible—the maximum height is 2-3 floors, but there are no limitations in length or width.
Interest in modular houses is steadily growing, especially in municipalities with high rates of migration. The whole process from order to completed building takes only 10-12 weeks, although the regulations are as strict as for permanent buildings.
– The new generation of modules are very energy efficient and, like permanent buildings, we need to meet evacuation requirements, fire safety requirements and sound requirements, says Mikael Salenstedt.
Building permits are usually temporary, and the modules are designed for easy set-up, dismantling and moving to another location. A pre-school building will be placed six or seven times in its lifetime.
Mikael Salenstedt is especially proud of Ramirent’s efforts to make its products more environmentally friendly.
– Whenever possible, we try to avoid, for example, oil-based plastics, and most of it is recyclable. Customers can choose whether they want to connect to the district heating, use pellets, geothermal or other environmentally friendly energy sources, he says, and continues:
– It is a selling point for us, and a great advantage to renting instead of buying both modules and machines. We move them simply to new customers; so what it is about is a sharing economy— sharing resources!