The UNIPTEC building at the University of Nottingham is an elaborate cylindrical building, involving a complex assembly of brise-soleil. Nottingham based building services engineers MIES appointed Greenlite Energy Assessors to carry out various works on this new BREEAM certified building.
Works involved a thermal assessment of the building for compliance with CIBSE TM52, analysis of indoor air quality to demonstrate compliance with the building regulations Part F, compliance with the building regulations Part L, heating load calculations and several statements required for BREEAM credits.
Works on the geometrically challenging building involved detail modelling within Sketchup and the IES geometric modelling tool ModelIT, along with precision modelling of HVAC systems within IES ApacheHVAC and of artificial lighting controls within IES Radience.
The work of Greenlite Energy Assessors was especially critical in steering the ventilation design of the building in order to satisfy thermal comfort criteria, particularly within the naturally ventilated seminar room.
Upon completion, James Gilmour, Design Manager at MIES Building Services comments;
"The complexity and lightweight construction of the building posed a number of issues when trying to satisfy CIBSE TM52 overheating criteria and also achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating. Greenlite utilised an extensive range of IES software to assist MIES throughout the design process and proposed a number of solutions that were put forward to the Clients Design Team. The Thermal Comfort and Part L Compliance Reports were well presented and structured so that information could be easily reviewed. We have been extremely impressed with the level of detail in the information produced by Greenlite and look forward to working closely with them again in the future."