Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Levolux benefits go through the roof

This unique ‘solar chimney’ system was designed by Levolux to minimise energy costs and improve heating efficiency at Lancaster University. The results are extremely impressive.

Working closely with Architects John McAslan + Partners, Levolux created an innovative ‘solar chimney’ system to provide an eco-friendly method of controlling heat in the two-storey building. 

Resembling tall glass towers, five ‘chimneys’ were fitted to the southern elevation of the Statistics Centre. The front of each ‘chimney’ is glazed, with ducts attached to the rear. The ducts have internal openings at high level on each floor and are vented externally at roof level. As the sun heats the air trapped within these glass ‘chimneys’, the air then rises, drawing warm air out of the building.

Cool, fresh air is then drawn into the building 'naturally' at low level, which helps to keep the building at an optimum temperature for studying. Levolux’s involvement also featured the installation of its unique Matrix 910XL brise soleil, located between the solar chimneys. The Matrix system significantly reduces solar heat gain in the summer, which adds to the energy savings by greatly reducing the requirement for air-conditioning and reducing carbon emissions.

Retaining the building’s aesthetic qualities, Levolux’s Ventilation Louvres screen the building’s unsightly plant from view at high level. Creating a weather resistant enclosure, the Louvres allow a steady flow of air to circulate around plant and equipment, ensuring it operates efficiently.

The building achieved a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating and won an Architectural Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Levolux’s pioneering installations played a key role in helping deliver this success.

Levolux offers a vast array of bespoke solutions, designed to satisfy an architect's vision, delivered with a first-class, cost-effective service.

For more information please visit our website at www.levolux.com.

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