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Keeping Control the Natural Way

A natural ventilation system has been installed in a new multi-storey office and leisure complex that has been designed to achieve low carbon emissions.

The London Borough of Camden’s new multi-storey office and leisure complex within the 67-acre King’s Cross Central development, is using the natural ventilation system from SE Controls to maintain a comfortable indoor environment while contributing to the building’s BREEAM rating.

Working with contractor, Kier Construction, as executive architect, Weedon developed the original design prepared by Bennett Associates for Camden Council’s new administrative headquarters and customer services contact centre. Located at Five Pancras Square, the 14-storey building not only provides 150,000sqft of floor space but also incorporates a leisure centre, swimming pool, public library and café.

To achieve low carbon emissions, the building has been designed with low glazing ratios and energy efficient ventilation. The system was specified to maintain energy efficient control over the indoor air quality within the building.

The ventilation system has been designed with a series of sensors and actuation systems to provide the precise environmental control that was required. The actuation systems automate and control the opening of windows, enabling carbon dioxide levels and temperature levels to be managed efficiently. This makes it easier for people within the building to maintain a comfortable and sustainable working environment.

Over 200 SCCO 24 30 concealed tandem and single chain actuators were installed on the building’s top hung vents. These actuators are controlled by 68 NVLogiQ 6Amp power supply units (PSUs) and actuated by the building’s central BMS.

SE Controls also installed 12 SECO 24 40 twin chain actuators and a 30 Amp PSU panel to provide additional ventilation control within the North atrium of the building.

Picture: SE Controls’ natural ventilation system has been installed in Camden Council’s new multi-storey office and leisure complex in King’s Cross, London.

Article written by Robin Snow

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