Buildings are static answers to dynamic needs...

Buildings that are made of stone, concrete, steel or wood may stand for centuries.
But after ten, twenty or thirty years it is likely that user requirements have changed. Future social demand and technological answers make current solutions obsolete.
School buildings that cannot be adapted without demolition are static answers to needs that change continuously.
That causes aging and a potential loss of value.

...therefore the future will be for dynamic housing solutions...

Schools-as-a-Service (SaaS) offers solutions for dynamic use, with buildings that do not age and always meet the actual needs of its inhabitants. Buildings that consist of units that are pre-assembled in factories and can be mounted rapidly on a construction site. Buildings that can be disassembled partially or as a whole just as easy.
SaaS does not offer a building kit however, but a service which includes financing, design, construction, maintenance, cleaning, energy, adaptation and renovation. SaaS is capable to offer the integrated package at substantial lower costs than when all parts of the process are outsourced seperately.
Elements which are no longer needed return to the factory where they are refurbished so that they can be installed and used in other new or existing buildings. This extends the lifetime of the components and the materials. This is not a promise but a guarantee, as change and renewal are part of the business offering.
Clients pay for the use, the materials remain owned by the provider.

...that are safe, secure, healthy...

By reducing and optimizing the overall lifecycle costs it is possible to invest more in the building itself. The buildings are spacy and have 'oldfashioned' high ceilings which are appreciated by most people. The larger air volume makes it possible to meet the high ventilation standards of low CO2 buildings without causing draught or the noise of ventilators.
The higher ceilings make the buildings safer in the case of fire and improve the acoustics in class rooms. The high windows let daylight penetrate deeper into the class rooms.

...and sustainable...

The buildings are energy-neutral or even -positive and make no use of fossil fuels. The all-electric installations are connected via a low voltage direct current (DC) network with sustainable energy sources such as photovoltaic solar panels and windturbines. This makes the electricity system much more efficient and safer. The buildings are provided with LED light sources which are free from flicker and that permit the change of color temperature so that the light can be adjusted to the activity that is taking place.

...for the entire lifecycle.

The buildings may grow or shrink, but can also be adapted to new types of use. This extends the lifetime. The providers of Schools-as-a-Service take responsibility for the entire (circular) lifecycle of buildings and building materials!

Example of the life of a dynamic school building that is able to grow and shrink, or to change its functionality.

Together with De Groot Vroomshoop, a subsidiary of Volker Wessels, SaaS submitted a proposal for the design, building, maintenance and exploitation of a multi-functional centre in Lelystad, The Netherlands. The design, made by 4D Architects in Amsterdam, meets all criteria of Schools as a Service. The building can be topped with appartments, which improves the financial feasibility of this project.

Schools as a Service is your preferred choice because...

...the buildings are sustainable.

Schools as a Service takes responsibility for the entire lifecycle of a building, including disassembly, take back, reuse and recycling. This is done in close co-operation with the suppliers: they know which materials were used and how they can be reused without loss of quality for the production of new components.

...the buildings are affordable.

Schools as a Service unites the knowledge of all disciplines. This enables the restructuring of the process from design to construction and asset management. The resulting cost reduction is partially returned to the school management in the form of lower risks and exploitation costs.

...the buildings are healthy and secure.

But for another part the benefits are returned to the users in the form of spacier, healthier en safer buildings. The performance of SaaS buildings is measured according to the WELL standard for healthy buildings. It is proven that the WELL recommendations result in better performance of the occupants and less absence caused by illness.

With traditional tenders, buildings perform just around what is minimally demanded by legislation - no less no more - as the applicants have to compete on lowest price. SaaS aims at highest user satisfaction for the available budget.

...the buildings evolve with your demand.

Every school board knows that the inflow of pupils differs from the outflow. Small fluctuations in the number of pupils can be matched by the existing building, but when the shortage or excess appears to be structural the organisation and the building may have to be adapted. The modular structure of the SaaS buildings allows the provider(s) to adapt the building in most cases within a few weeks, such as during summer holiday.

...the buildings don't age.

Where maintenance aims at keeping the buildings in their original state, SaaS offers a new servicing concept: vitalization . Vitalization aims at meeting ever higher standards, even with the existing buildings. Maintenance is combined with renovation. Although we cannot predict the future, a proper modular design of the systems that comprise the building will make many improvements possible with relative ease. The better and the longer the building will meet future needs and standards, the longer it will keep its value.

...performance is guaranteed.

SaaS guarantees performance in several thematic areas, such as health, comfort, safety, security, sustainability, availability and predictability, for the entire lifetime of the building or as long as the service contract remains valid.


Circular School Fund

SaaS school buildings will be owned by the Circular School Fund. It is preferred that the buildings are not legally owned by the providers. In the case of bankruptcy creditors may seize the real estate. Components that are still good but are not needed anymore can be installed in other buildings without the costs of changing ownership. The costs of rebuilding needed for capacity reduction or extension are distributed by the fund over all buildings that are in the portfolio; these costs are included in the rent.

The fund is also an intermediate for suppliers of the casco, the facades, the roofs, the interior and the installations, as these are the actual parties that take components and materials back for reuse, remanufacturing and recycling.


SaaS has worked together with the VMRG, an association of suppliers of building facades. In a 3-year project called 'Business Models for Circular Building' (BMCB) the processes of the entire value chain in construction were captured in formal (i.e. computer interpretable and executable) models. Apart from the current linear process, also the reverse process loop for disassembly, take back, remanufacturing, reuse and recycling was investigated.

A pilot was done for the renovation of a large existing university building. The existing facade was replaced by a new one with high thermal isolation, advanced solar protection screens, and even installations for climate control (cooling, heating) and ventilation. The centralized climate control system can thus be replaced by a decentralized system. The four panels were preassembled in the factory of the facade manufacturer, Alkondor Hengelo.

Are you interested?

The conditions and needs for school building differ from country to country. SaaS developed its current proposition specifically for The Netherlands. If you master the Dutch language you may switch to the Dutch version by clicking on the button at the upper-right corner of this page.
SaaS is interested in developing similar programmes in other countries. If you want more information or have suggestions, you are welcome to send us a message by using the Contact Form via the link below.