Modular Buildings: Low Energy & Off-Grid
ELe® DC micro-grid infrastructures are now enabling a new generation of ultra-low energy, low carbon modular buildings.
These new flexible building units offer functional, cost-effective, sustainable space solutions that are quick and efficient to install. They can be designed and configured to suit a whole range of living, social and working environments including:
- student accommodation
- social/affordable housing
- community facilities
- eco-office spaces
- senior living accommodation
Extreme Low Energy have seen a gap in the modular-build market for low energy DC microgrid technology. The benefits when looking at factory built, assembly line processes obvious. Installation and commissioning of power infrastructure within modular build can be simplified, due to ELV (Extra Low Voltage) and SELV (Separated Extra Low Voltage) equipment supplied by ELE.
This means that amount work conducted by higher skilled, certified electricians is reduced, allowing non-certified factory workers to conduct full power infrastructure installs of modular units without needing signoff. Extreme Low Energy technology uses ethernet cable to distribute power, this means all electrical connections are ‘push fit and forget’, reducing install times, reducing human error and improving safety from start to finish.
A general higher specification of energy efficiency within the modular build market is also complimented perfectly by gains in efficiency from ELe technology. One central step down of voltage removes all micro transformations, giving products the power they need, helping to improve the general fabric efficiency and opex/lifetime costs of the project.
The traditional new build market is enormous, in order to simplify how ELe technology is applicable, we have split the market into residential and commercial sub-categories.
Traditional new build sub-categories:
- House building (residential)
- Apartments (residential)
- High Rise (residential/commercial)
- Offices (commercial)
- Business and warehouse (commercial)
- Retail (commercial)
The key point to note is that the core ELE technology and equipment does not change relative to the end use of the building. All ELE technology is scalable and modular. Ease of install, energy efficiency and safety are key drivers as to why ELE equipment can help traditional build. The possibility of reduced opex for the end client/operator is also a key driver as to why ELE technology should be included.
Our self-powered modular buildings also present new opportunities for sites positioned in remote or off-grid locations.
ELe® sustainable, micro-grid modular buildings
- DC based power eliminates wasteful AC/DC conversion
- ELe® micro-grids enable energy storage for optimal usage efficiency
- Simple and quick ‘Plug and Play’ installation
- Easy equipment maintenance and reduced facility management costs
- Minimal, thin cabling requirements
- Safer to use than a conventional AC electrical system – under the Low Voltage Directive
- Power supply is continuous and reliable
- DC based devices generate no excess heat
- Environmental credentials are outstanding
Find out more about Richmond Housings offsite built modular house powered by ELe – built in partnership with Legal & General Homes
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