A new build further education establishment for 16-18 year olds constructed as part of the Coleg Cambria Deeside Campus development. The scheme provided simple to use, operate and maintain servicing strategy which integrated low energy passive design strategies and onsite renewable technologies.
The building services design comprised a Low Energy strategy following the energy hierarchy with a ‘fabric first’ approach to achieving the Client requirements. The design utilised primarily passive measures through integrated façade and fenestration strategies combined with a natural ventilation approach using cross ventilation and stack effect principles. Areas with specific thermal comfort requirements and high internal heat gains utilised VRF heat recovery systems to maximise energy efficient where mechanical cooling needed to be employed.
Heating and central hot water services were principally derived via central Low Temperature Hot Water (LTHW) means using Air Source Heat Pump technologies integrated with traditional gas fired condensing boilers by way of back-up thus ensuing continuity of supply.
The building was also provided with the latest LED lighting technologies together with simple occupancy controls and daylight linking in order to minimise electrical consumption. To complement this, 180m2 Photovoltaic Array was installed to further enhance the environmental benefits of the scheme.
ESD not only provided the detailed building services design together with coordinated working drawings but were responsible for commissioning management in line with BSRIA standards and to meet the specific requirements of BREEAM MAN 04.
Since handover, the ESD team have been working with the End User and the Estate’s team to conduct reviews of the installation performance including energy analysis performance assessments against benchmarking standards and the design predictions.