Active Thermal Mass Solutions
Low energy thermal mass projects
An exemplar thermal mass building using embedded water pipes in pre-
Tests had been carried out by BSRIA to confirm the cooling power of the slabs and the cool storage
IFDS (Formerly Basilica) Building, Basildon
Client: Barclaycard Property Holdings
Architect: Fitzroy Robinson
Contractor: Tilbury Douglas
Consultant: Troup Bywaters & Anders
Total Project Value: £15.2 Million
effect which showed that as a minimum 64 W/m2 of cooling power was achievable.
The natural ventilation strategy is used both as a means of providing the ventilation air as well as for night time cooling. The central atrium is a key factor in naturally ventilating the building as it provides the exhaust route for the return air path.
When conditions dictate, the natural ventilation and passive design features are complemented by the mechanical systems of the building, the aim being to operate powered systems for the minimum amount of time at minimum energy use consistent
with maintaining conditions. For cooling, a hierarchical strategy is used to minimise energy use as follows:
An exemplar thermal mass building using embedded water pipes in pre cast coffered structural slabs for comfort conditioning. The building saves around 25% energy when compared to comparable buildings.
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