Great Britain, Glasgow
Education & Institutions
2015 / 2016
One of the biggest college developments in Scotland, The City of Glasgow Colleges, both the Riverside Campus and City Campus, have received various awards since opening in 2015 and 2016. And it's no wonder. The college took a definitive commitment to the environment by embracing intelligent natural ventilation during its design and construction.
The system they’ve chosen for their innovative building puts student comfort and productivity first by offering an optimized indoor climate.
The two campuses accommodate more than 40,000 students of 130 nationalities and 1,200 members of staff.
The long list of awards includes the RIBA National Award (2017), RIAS Award (2017), and the AJ100 Building of the Year (2017).
Designed by Reiach and Hall Architects in association with Michael Laird Architects, both campuses incorporate highly innovative clean-tech principles. Among them are WindowMaster window actuators with MotorLink® technology.
The building’s atrium acts as natural stack to drive controlled ventilation through the buildings. The buildings’ windows are automated with a total of 1,200 concealed actuators. Thanks to the MotorLink® technology, the motors operate quietly, providing the control system with accurate position control and feedback.
The control system further uses sensors that collect data on internal CO2 levels, indoor and outdoor temperatures and the weather to ensure that high levels of comfort and a healthy indoor climate are maintained.
The building also takes advantage of automated night purge ventilation, which supports the daytime natural ventilation strategy and cooling during hot summer months
Together with the other low carbon and energy generation measures that are applied, the IES SBEM Model (Simplified Building Energy Model) forecast a total carbon dioxide emission of 13.8 kg CO2/m2 per annum.
This is less than a third of the emissions compared with HEEPI Sustainable Laboratories for Universities and Colleges benchmarking and places the buildings in the "best in class" category for carbon emissions.
The buildings are BREEAM excellent and EPC "A" rated.
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