Keele University, Innovation Centre 7
A digital research and enterprise centre situated on the Keele University Science and Innovation Park. The building has been developed to showcase the University’s world-leading research and teaching on digital themes and technology.
BREEAM Excellent | Higher Education | DSM | Parametric Modelling | Passive Design Analysis
Viro were appointed to carry out a passive design analysis on emerging designs to identify CO2 emission savings through the incorporation of thermally efficient building fabric, glazing with solar control, external shading and the utilisation of natural ventilation during the summer to reduce cooling loads.
Parametric modelling was used to optimise glazing areas for each façade of the building, assessing daylight access, thermal comfort and annual energy demand of the building. This resulted in an 18% reduction in energy use purely through good, passive design measures.
These measures have ensured the building is on course to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.
The building will be fully electric, connected to the University’s own solar and wind energy farm to create a building that is anticipated to be zero carbon in operation.
Keele, Staffordshire, UK