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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Eastern Portable Buildings


    Holsworthy, New South Wales

    ARENA Program

    Advancing Renewables Program

  • Start date

    14 November 2017

    End date

    3 October 2021

  • Project Partners
    This renewables project was completed on 3 October 2021.


The HIVVE Sustainable Modular Classrooms project aims to actively manage energy demands and control indoor environment quality. The 12-month trial will involve the construction and installation of a single HIVVE classroom including a monitoring and evaluation period.

Area of innovation

The HIVVE Sustainable Modular Classrooms project presents an opportunity to incorporate solar PV and energy management into a modular classroom. This opportunity may set a standard for uptake within the education sector more broadly.

At present portable classrooms represent a large portion of school buildings. Based on EPB estimates, portable classrooms have a useful life of up to 50 years. With potential Australian education systems looking to replace existing portable classrooms, this may represent an opportunity to provide a long-term energy efficient option (compared to currently available options).


The HIVVE Sustainable Modular Classrooms project incorporates solar PV generation, real time energy metering, C02 metering, data capture and communications to the overall function.

Each HIVVE classroom has the potential to generate enough electricity to power itself and two other classrooms in the school. Therefore, as a comparison,

  • energy consumption for 3 regular non HIVVE classrooms is 11,400 KWh per year (baseline comparison)
  • energy consumption for 3 classrooms when 1 of the classroom is a HIVVE classroom is 0
  • when all 3 classrooms are HIVVE classrooms, there is an estimated net energy generation of 22,800 KWh (7,600 KWh per classroom) per year (ie export).

Therefore, in the instance where 3 HIVVE classrooms are installed, instead of one classroom consuming 3,800 KWh per year, that one classroom will now generate 7,600 KWh per year.

Last updated 29 October 2021


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