Modular Building Institute

May 4, 2006
Contact: Tom Hardiman
Modular Building Institute
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Modular Building Industry Sweeps Portable Classroom Design Challenge

High Performance Portable Designs Win Awards

Charlottesville, VA – Montgomery County, MD schools are leading the nation in seeking environmentally friendly classroom designs for energy savings in their schools. To aid in their initiatives, they co-sponsored the Portable Classroom Design Challenge to review energy-efficient and sustainable classroom designs. Modular Building Institute members won two out of three awards in the Architect and/or Manufacturer category for their high performance portables.

Several Modular Building Institute members submitted designs to the contest which was also sponsored by the Council for Educational Facility Planners and the Emerging Green Builders of the US Green Building Council. Awards were announced at the High Performance Schools Symposium on April 24, 2006 in Washington D.C. Three Modular Building Institute members won two category awards. First place went to Triumph Leasing and NRB, Inc.  A third place award also went to Blazer Industries.  MBI member Williams Scotsman took home an honorable mention.

The fact that commercial modular manufacturers received awards of this caliber, at this event, underscores a recognizable trend in the commercial modular industry. The worlds of green design and modular construction are merging at an accelerated pace. Over-population in our school districts, along with growing architectural recognition of modular’s merits for sustainable learning environments, has prompted portable classroom manufacturers to invest in energy-efficient designs. In fact, one of the winning portable designs is slated to be ready for market as early as this year.

“The modular building industry is leaping to meet the demands of the green building movement,” said Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute. “Our industry is poised to work together to continue meeting the challenges of overpopulation in our schools, through creating high performance learning environments supported by more sustainable classroom designs.”

About MBI

Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute is an international nonprofit trade association representing commercial modular building manufacturers and distributors with membership in over 850 locations and 15 countries including the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Members serve seven primary markets: general office, education, retail, healthcare, government, security, and construction-site. For more information, visit


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