Friday, 6 January 2012

Levolux keeps Teddington pupils cool


Following a £36 million development under the BSF scheme, Teddington School, in south west London is proud of its new state-of-the-art building, with its solar panels and a naturally effective Solar Shading solution from Levolux.

Opened in September 2010, the new school building, designed by BDP Architects, is not only extremely energy efficient, achieving a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, but also makes effective use of residual space, previously occupied by a hockey pitch. The new building, arranged over 4 floors, accommodates more than sixty classrooms, a library, break-out areas, performance area and a sports hall.

The school building’s exposed elevations have been fitted with an external Timber Fin Solar Shading solution, which not only provides effective shading, but also creates an impressive natural aesthetic. Formed from finger-jointed Western Red Cedar Timber, the Fins are strategically located to provide shade to glazed openings and to create an attractive architectural feature on rendered elevations.

260 aerofoil-shaped Timber Fins have been installed horizontally on the Art & Design Block at ground, first and second floor levels. The Timber Fins, measuring 290mm deep, are arranged into 65 panels, each comprising 3, 4 or 5 Fins, fixed between aluminium side plates. Each panel is then secured to the structure vertically with steel brackets. 30 of the panels are faceted to enable the Fins to hug the building’s curved facade.

The aerofoil-shaped Timber Fins act as a physical barrier to the sun, limiting the exposure of glazed openings, particularly in the summer. This prevents excessive solar heat gain inside the building, without blocking out natural daylight, while allowing unobstructed views outside. Even on a hot, sunny day, the interior remains naturally cool and comfortable, with significantly less need for expensive, energy-sapping air conditioning.

Elsewhere, applied externally to the Sports Hall, set against its rendered walls, Levolux installed 22 panels of vertical Timber Fins. Each panel comprises 3 separate Fins and measures 600mm wide, ranging in height from 5.6 to almost 9 metres. The vertical Fins within each panel vary in width and depth, creating an attractive architectural feature.

All timber used by Levolux is sustainably sourced, with FSC certification and a full chain of custody. Like all Solar Shading systems from Levolux, the Timber Fins installed at Teddington School are backed by the company’s design, manufacture and installation package.

Teddington School not only boasts some of the most advanced teaching facilities to be found in the capital, but also perhaps the most comfortable, thanks to an attractive Timber Fin Solar Shading solution from Levolux.

For more information, visit www.levolux.com.

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