Ingleton Wood were appointed to continue the design of a new Innovation Centre within the University of Essex's Knowledge Gateway Research and Technology park with the aim to drive growth in north Essex. The building is to be used by hi-tech businesses and start-ups with the intention that more than 50 innovative businesses will make the Centre their home.
Full dynamic computer simulation modelling was carried out by utilising our in-depth suite of integrated analysis tools, assessing whether the space would be subject to overheating and achieve high levels of natural lighting to reduce the dependence on artificial lighting.
The front façade being south facing, was subject to high levels of solar gain, we worked closely with the project team to inform the design and extent of external brise soleil shading, warranting cost effectiveness whilst ensuring that a comfortable working environment is provided. The building was able to shed 24kWh of peak solar gain, reducing the need for comfort cooling by natural ventilation. Over the course of the year reducing a total solar gain of 32MWh equivalent to the average energy consumption of approximately 7 UK homes.
The building has been provided with 50m² of solar voltaic panels that generates approximately 14% of the average anticipated electrical consumption of the building.
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