REDwire First-of-its-kind ‘smart’ school portable offers energy savings

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A six-pack portable design enables energy to be shared and contained within a single unit, saving energy.

A local school board had an unusual request for Provincial Partitions. It wanted to create a first-of-its-kind "smart" school portable. The objective was to control all lighting, heating and air conditioning from the board’s remote head office situated more than 50 kilometres away.

Energy savings

The school board’s goal with this request was to reduce energy consumption. The first step towards this goal was selecting a six-pack portable design that was a single, 5,600-square-foot structure, rather than six independent portables. This enabled energy to be shared and contained within the new structure, and eliminated the need for individual hydro hookups.

The second step towards energy savings, and the one that made the portable “smart”, was equipping it with sensors that determine a pattern of when classes are occupied. When students are in the portable, the sensors send instructions to the classroom utilities, alerting it that heating or air conditioning is required. These constant updates contribute to a measurable and significant energy savings throughout the entire structure.

Additional advantages

The benefits of isolating all six portables to a single unit also freed up a significant amount of playground area for the students after the original six portables were removed. Also, with students not needing to travel between portables during inclement weather, exposure to the extremes of weather variations was significantly reduced. Ultimately, this portable design provided a safer, healthier and more secure environment for the students to attend classes.

And because all 15 components used in the portable are modular, the structure can easily be deconstructed and relocated elsewhere, depending on variations in student populations and demographics.

A leading manufacturer

Just like this local school board, Provincial Partitions is “going green” by incorporating green building products and materials into its temporary and permanent office and classroom structures.

The environmentally aware company is known for offering flexible and convenient solutions. To learn more about its unique solutions-oriented approach to modular structures, fill out an online RFQ form or contact Provincial Partitions directly at


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