How tough is a Green Modular building?

At Green Modular, we are committed to designing durable buildings. We choose and test materials that we know are going to perform in the real world, and we create buildings that will last.

There are limits to how much testing we can do in our factory, but one of our buildings was recently subjected to an accidental strength test when a large tree blew over in a storm. The tree fell across the building, smashing a wall and part of the roof, and came to rest on top of it. “For it to have remained upright despite the massive load of the tree is very impressive,” said the building’s owner. “Having a view of the construction via the destroyed side wall and roof, I can now fully appreciate how well built it was.”

Craig Riley, Green Modular’s managing director, is not surprised. “We have always prided ourselves on the considerable structural integrity of our buildings.” There is a reason why the building is able to support the weight of the tree, he explains, and not collapse like a house of cards. It is to do with the use of Structural Insulated Panels. “A Structural Insulated Panel construction enables the building to function as a structural cube, not individual wall, floor and roof elements.”

Taking the weight of a falling tree wasn’t exactly a design objective for the building, but it validates the ‘Fabric First’ approach that we take at Green Modular. Ours are robust and sturdy buildings made to stand the test of time.

We also take great care to consider more routine risks and plan for them accordingly. Our classrooms come with impact resistant internal cladding, for example, ready for small children who are practically guaranteed to knock into them with the furniture! These plastered internal boards are so strong that they can support 50kg of weight on a single screw fitting – so you can hang whiteboards, TVs or shelves with confidence.

That durability extends all the way through the build, from hard-wearing floors to roofing membrane with a 50-year life expectancy. A-rated safety glass windows and doors come in tough and low maintenance aluminium frames, and we build these ourselves to ensure they meet our high standards.

Our modular buildings are quick to put up, but with no compromise on quality, longevity and strength. If you’d like to find out more about our design process or our materials, you can readmore about them here.