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Plugging in to modular buildings – lighting controls in the education sector

As a growing population puts further strain on the demand for public services and school places, local authorities are turning to modular buildings to construct lower carbon buildings more quickly. These buildings, which are typically manufactured offsite and pieced together, demand an alternative approach when it comes to lighting control solutions. Martyn Frear, Business Development Manager at CP Electronics looks at key drivers behind the modular building boom and what this means for the lighting control industry.

Modular buildings…a viable option?

The term modular building refers to structures made up of pre-manufactured components, which are suImage removed.bsequently assembled on-site. While modular buildings have existed in various forms for decades, the modular building sector has grown exponentially in recent years. Not only can modular buildings be up to 70% quicker to construct than traditional building methods, but they can be reused and repurposed, allowing schools to adapt learning spaces to meet unique requirements. As demand for school places continues to rise, the versatility and immediacy of modular buildings is delivering cost savings to the education sector through shortened supply chains and a reduction in labour costs. 

Modular building and lighting controls

Schools face pressure to comply with legislation and guidelines around sustainability, most notably, Part L of the Building Regulations and BREEAM which stipulates buildings must demonstrate good practice around energy efficiency. 

Furthermore, since the introduction of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) mandate for Government construction projects, all lighting control products used in the manufacture of modular buildings will need to demonstrate compliance in this area.  

With the never-ending push towards sustainability and energy efficiency, a growing number of modular building manufacturers are turning to lighting control solutions to address concerns around functionality, installation and configuration, and compliance with relevant legislation.

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With traditional building methods, lighting control solutions and detectors must be manually hard-wired into a junction box, a relatively time and labour intensive process. Ultimately, this leads to longer project times and therefore, additional cost. With acute demand for plug and play solutions, lighting controls which can be installed with minimal labour and during the offsite manufacturing process can offer a real competitive advantage within the modular building sector.

There are many lighting control systems available but few offer the levels of functionality and efficiency which make them appropriate. One which takes major steps in this direction is the new Vitesse Plus system from CP Electronics, which offers a wide range of features which make them ideal for users and installers. Its built-in pre-set menu with up to four detectors enables users to configure and re-configure spaces quickly and efficiently for most scenarios. 

For further information, please visit: http://www.cpelectronics.co.uk/