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Postado por NHJ do Brasil em 30 de September de 2015 | News

In Europe and the U.S., it is commonplace to see houses and offices built inside containers. This
trend is also growing in Brazil, with the increasing number of offices and accommodations being set
up in these structures.

In Europe and the U.S., it is commonplace to see houses and offices built inside containers. In
Brazil, this trend gradually becomes stronger, with an increase in the number of offices,
accommodation, dressing rooms, cabins, among others, made with containers, modular structures of
coupled panels. The spaces created by NHJ do Brasil are a great example of such trend: built in the
wind farms of Ceará, they are considered as a more sustainable alternative to meet the demands of
urgent buildings, whether temporary or complementary, besides following the concept of
sustainability proposed by this type of power generation.

According to the chief operating officer (COO) of Ceará branch, Mauro Marques, there are
several advantages in choosing modular designs when compared to traditional masonry construction.
The benefits go beyond swift and cost-effective projects: they are environmentally friendly as well.
“While conventional works harm the environment throughout their supply chain, our projects use less
water, save energy, are customizable and require low maintenance.”

Another advantage is that the steel that containers and habitable modules are made of is easily
recyclable and emits no aggressive substances to the environment. “When one of these inputs is
discharged, it goes back to our plant, where it is melted and turned into other products without
losing its properties.” The process can be made countless times, avoiding the generation of waste.
If there was no recycling, the steel would take approximately ten years to decompose, turning into
iron oxide and returning to nature in the same composition it has been extracted.

And even with little time for environment absorption, the antioxidants and galvanizing techniques
applied to the plates considerably increase the lifespan of containers and modules.

“Buildings made of steel and similar components were erected over one hundred years ago, and
they remain intact,” explains.

The entire deployment site of a set of modules or containers is prepared with shallow foundations
evenly distributed, that do not waterproof the ground, thus not causing any
environmental impact while the structures remain on the area. “This type of foundation allows the
deployment site to return to its original state if the assembly is transfered or removed.”

Additionally, the steel is a safe, non-flammable and highly versatile material. A modular
construction can be easily rearranged according to the modifications of a plant, adapting easily to
the business needs of any customer. New modular structures can be added or removed, adapting such
environments to the space available. This versatility ensures constant reuse of built-up areas,
unlike the masonry, that requires demolitions. As they are not fixed structures, the unit or the
assembly can be easily transported, expanded and constantly adapted.

“These modular and structural features make this technology suitable to several segments, and
unmatched to other conventional ‘archaic’ technologies, mainly when it comes to tight work
execution schedules,” says Mauro.

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