The Art, Architecture and Design Building (East) at the University of Lincoln is a new build construction completed in 2013. Since completion, the gallery area has suffered from chronic overheating issues resulting from very high quotas of glazing and insufficient consideration of the ventilation strategy required to discharge the resulting solar gains.
Overheating within the area was so severe that internal temperatures reached 56°C within the room, rendering it unsuitable for the display of art works.
Greenlite Energy Assessors were appointed by the University of Lincoln to carry out a feasibility study of options which could return the space back to thermal comfort.
Through the use of a dynamic thermal model and computational fluid dynamics software, Greenlite Energy Assessors were able to assess several remedial measures and comment upon their appropriateness.
Jena Arnold of the University of Lincoln comments;
"The University of Lincoln engaged Greenlite Energy Assessors to conduct an overheating analysis of the gallery space within the AAD East building. The space suffers from prolonged overheating problems during much of the year and therefore Greenlite were appointed to investigate remedial measures.
Greenlite undertook a number of investigations using Dynamic Thermal Modelling and Computational Fluid Dynamics methods. The report that Greenlite provided covered a number of corrective approaches, detailing the pros and cons of each approach along with the cost implications for each. Overall recommendations for the space were finally discussed.
Greenlite fully met the scope of works the University required of them in a thorough, detailed and timely manner. Value has been added through experience and knowledge and the use of software and skills unavailable within the University. The University has been very happy with the service provided."