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Monday, July 18, 2016

Building Intelligent Modular Buildings

Building Automation Systems For Modular Buildings


The construction industry, like all industries, has evolved with the infusion of technology and modern resources.  Building Automation Systems (BAS)  are being incorporated  into the design of new prefabricated buildings, and are user friendly.  In years past the communication or fire or mechanical systems were so intricate that the owners' had to attend week long training sessions on how to operate their new system.

Today, if you know how to operate a smart phone application, you can operate your building automation program.  Through advanced integration of access control, building automation, and lighting control building occupants have better air quality, lighting control, and a more secured work environment

Smart technology does come at a price, but for remote or rural areas that have minimal staff available a smart building can make sense.

Companies such as Honeywell, Siemens, Leviton, GE, and many others are helping to provide complete building solutions into your new permanent modular building facility.







To learn more about building automation systems contact:

Phone:  800-441-8577 x 1 (Sales)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Life Safety Tips For Your Commercial Modular Building

Building & Keeping A Safer Commercial Modular Building


When organizations look at the initial cost of a life safety design in a commercial modular building they will often try to get a waiver to omit or minimize the life safety requirements.   While there are ways to design more "cost-effective" an organization should not try to eliminate the option of having a safer building and site design. 

Some tips below are recommendations for keeping your site & building safe:


  • Keep shrubs and overgrowth cut back and away from the building.  If any of the greenery is now brown cut that back or remove it it from site
  • If you have gas water heaters or gas heat test and inspect your carbon monoxide safety detectors regularly 
  • Fire sprinklers are mandatory in some occupancy uses, and also in some city or local jurisdictions.   If a fire district has waived the requirement of fire sprinklers, take a second look at your budget and see if you can afford including them.   Not only can fire sprinklers save your property they save lives
  • Fire alarm systems are very affordable now, and recommended.  Most jurisdictions require a fire alarm system in all commercial buildings.   If you are considering a fire alarm system look into an addressable system that is not proprietary so you can change or modify or test your system affordably in the future

  • Watch your design flow to eliminate dead end corridors and long paths of egress.  Sometimes it means adding a few more hallways or extra doors, but in the event of an emergency it is always nice to have a faster way out
  • Keep your fire extinguishers readily accessible and keep your staff informed as to where they are.  The most common location is by an egress door.  Test them and look for expiration dates on the green tags.
  • Non-combustible design is another option if you have a larger budget.  While this type of construction does cost more, the design criteria incorporated will save lives.







If you would like more information contact our team at Modular Solutions, Ltd

Phone:  800-441-8577 x 1 (Sales)