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Eco-friendly Modular Buildings

May 10, 2022 | General

Whether it’s our homes, workspaces, schools or nurseries, buildings should be inspiring and beautiful places. We want them to be filled with natural light, comfortable and with plenty of space to relax, play, unwind and work. We believe these are vital factors in creating an enjoyable environment to spend our time in. We also want them to support the environment too.
At TG Escapes, it is this philosophy that underpins our eco-friendly modular buildings – delivering both style and substance in today’s world.

What is a modular building?

A modular building is one that is constructed using pre-fabricated components which are built off-site and then assembled on location. Construction in this way brings with it a number of key benefits, specifically around cost and time savings during the building process compared to traditional methods. It also cuts emissions with a reduced need to transport materials to site.
And our eco-friendly modular buildings also promise a range of other environmental and well-being advantages. We understand the importance of natural light in interior design and strive to create energy-efficient spaces that work seamlessly with the natural world. Our timber frame modular buildings are net-zero in operation with the use of appropriate renewable energy technology.
Every design is bespoke from our in house architects so we produce modular buildings that are used as sport and leisure buildings, offices and schools, as well as nurseries and early years buildings.

Eco-friendly modular classrooms

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Sport & Leisure Buildings

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Eco-friendly modular building construction

At TG Escapes, we have always been incredibly passionate about the environment, which has led us to design our eco-friendly modular buildings solution.
We ensure that every material used in our buildings is responsibly sourced, starting with our principal component timber which is exclusively sourced from sustainable forests under the FSC or PEFC schemes. We also make sure that our eco-friendly modular buildings are well insulated with recycled glass wool.
At the design and construction phases, we offer our customers a range of eco-friendly options to choose from including sun pipes and sedum roofs.

Creating eco-friendly spaces that work with nature

Throughout the construction of our eco-friendly modular buildings, whether we’re creating a space for work, learning or recreation, we strive to make sure that natural elements are included at every available opportunity.
This allows the building’s occupants to connect with nature as much as possible. This principle also extends to the materials used to construct the building and incorporates textures that reflect or mimic those found in nature. Natural light is essential as is a healthy level of interior air quality, and views and access to the natural world outside.
This process is called biophilic building design, which we use to create spaces that work with the natural world. At TG Escapes, we provide the option of including living roofs in our eco-friendly modular buildings, as well as other external biodiversity features including bat boxes, birdhouses, trees and wildflowers. This not only adds more biophilic design features to a project but also helps the wider community to engage in environmental citizenship.

Modular building connecting to nature

Connecting the inside and the outside

Our eco-friendly modular buildings also seamlessly connect indoors with the outside world, with a specific focus on combating Nature Deficit Disorder.
This is defined as the human cost of alienation from the natural world, with less time spent outdoors and more time in front of a screen thought to have a detrimental impact on overall health and mental well-being. This is especially important when it comes to children, specifically their behaviour and capacity for learning.
Our eco-friendly modular education buildings, from nursery to secondary school, seamlessly blend the work and pleasure of teaching and learning with the life-enhancing effects of the natural world, with a focus on creating outdoor learning environments.
Our large doors open onto covered decking allowing increased contact with nature to improve the way children learn, both formally and informally. Outdoor learning brings with it a range of benefits, from cognitive and social to behavioural and interpersonal.

Building providing easy access to the outdoors

Seeing the light

As well as our floor to ceiling windows providing views of nature, and our covered decking providing easy access to the outdoors, exposure to natural light plays a key role in the design of our eco-friendly modular buildings.
Exposure to natural light stimulates the production of serotonin in our bodies, which is vital for many of our physiological functions. These include our appetites, ability to regulate sleep and our digestive function, as well as the psychological benefits of maintaining mood balance, promoting a sense of happiness and combatting depression.
At TG Escapes, we strive to create modular buildings that maximise the use of natural light, both for the benefit of the people that use it, but also to reduce energy consumption and light pollution.

Building with natural light

Discover more about our eco-friendly modular buildings and their uses as commercial properties, schools, leisure buildings and nurseries. And get in touch with us to find the right solution for your needs. Every project starts with a FREE site visit and survey so we can understand your detailed requirements to deliver the best quality solution for you.

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About the author

Mark Brown
Consultant at TG Escapes - Mark has spent time growing up with the army, studying computing before the internet existed, and founding The London Classic Theatre Company, self sustaining for over 25 years. He trained in marketing with Unilever before moving into advertising as a strategist with Leo Burnett, Creative Director at Starcom and founder of award winning creative agency Weapon7. He has a passion for eco buildings and helps run the social enterprise Street Wisdom, providing free creative walkshops around the world.

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