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  1. Associated Architects incorporates HeatingSave into the Design of the UK’s First Public Building to Meet “Multi-Comfort” Standards

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    King’s Hawford, located in Claines, Worcester, Worcestershire, is a thriving and popular co-educational junior school for children aged 2 to 11. Part of The King s Foundation, it delivers high quality educational provision with a strong emphasis on outdoor learning opportunities.

    The school is accommodated within an elegant Georgian house with additional modern facilities close at hand. It is set in thirty acres of parkland allowing ample room for playing fields and parkland for the pupils to enjoy. Facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, multi-purpose sports hall and a large adventure playground. There are also specialist rooms for science, art and design, history and geography and music.

    In 2016, construction work was completed on the Bartholomew Barn, a dedicated space for the performing arts and indoor sports. The building was designed by Associated Architects, a leading architectural firm based in Birmingham which has a broad portfolio of work including arts, commercial offices, residential, master planning and leisure and is particularly known for its work in education. It has received many national awards including 30 RIBA Awards, together with the RIBA Sustainability Award.

    The design of the Bartholomew Barn draws heavily upon rich historical tradition of vernacular timber-framed buildings in the county. It is based on a timber post and truss frame, set out on a regular grid of 2.1 metres, which simplifies construction and design, and gives a regular architectural order to the proposed new building, both inside and out.

    A crisp, modern appearance was incorporated into the design, with roof lights running the course of the building.

    The Barn is the UK’s first ever building to the “Multi-Comfort” standards, a new standard of environmental building, pioneered by Saint Gobain, including excellent daylighting and acoustics.

    It is also certified to the world-leading Passivhaus standard, which requires excellent thermal insulation standards, building airtightness and filtered heat-recovery ventilation.

    The team from Associated Architects have worked alongside Saint Gobain to integrate a world-class energy monitoring and energy control system from HeatingSave into the building design. HeatingSave constantly collects data relating to the building’s operation and performance to better inform on its future running, while also controlling the heating and ventilation systems. The HeatingSave Building Management System (BMS) was selected by Saint Gobain for this important task.

    “This is the first building we have ever designed where we were asked to fit environmental monitoring sensors right from the design stage. This has been a real challenge, because the Bartholomew Barn is built to Passivhaus standards – meaning that we had to ensure that the very strict thermal insulation and building airtightness requirements were met, whilst also incorporating the sensors and monitoring elements” Mr. John Christophers, BA (Hons), BArch (Hons), MAPM, RIBA, Senior Associate at Associated Architects, told the HeatingSave reporter.

    The HeatingSave BMS system installed at Kings’ Hawford School collects environmental data from multiple sensors installed within the building fabric. The data is used both for controlling the heating, ventilation and comfort conditions by managing the AHU unit, and for scientific analysis of the heat-transfer coefficients at various points of the building.

    In order to determine the Heat-Transfer Coefficient (U-value), temperature sensors have been embedded within the roof and walls at various key points (typically outside of sterling board and under outside cladding; just on the external side of the board and under the insulation; inside or just underside of the sterling board, under the board cladding; immediately next to the membrane).

    Another innovation was the use of slab temperature sensors, which record the temperatures from various levels within the concrete slab; from the earth just below the slab to the screed. Here, HeatingSave created a special environmentally sealed sensor which had to be truly “fit & forget” as once it was in the slab could never be reached again. The TH-N004-X1 sensors are high accuracy, sensor probes featuring a fire-resistant, duct-proof 100m cable and provide very accurate heat loss information at leach level of the slab.

    Other HeatingSave air quality sensors measure temperatures, relative humidity (“RH”) and carbon dioxide levels via a Zig 2.4Ghz wireless mesh network. This network extends to different parts of the hall and some surrounding rooms; located at different heights. Other sensors measure occupancy levels within the hall, changing areas and some other rooms to enable an in-use data pattern relating to how the building is used. This air quality and occupancy data is not only used to monitor he buildings performance but also for the HeatingSave BMS system to manage the heating, cooling and air quality.

    “It took a lot of careful design work in order to overcome the challenges posed by incorporating an energy & environmental monitoring system into the building. However, we have collaborated closely with the HeatingSave team, who have proved to be great partners and helped us achieve our goal – designing a modern, sustainable and energy efficient building.” John told the HeatingSave reporter.

    Would Associated Architects recommend HeatingSave to other architectural firms involved in the design of energy-efficient buildings? “Yes, we certainly would” was John’s answer.

    Summing up their experience of working with HeatingSave, John concluded “The HeatingSave Energy, Environmental and Management System is a wonderful solution to integrate into any building and we are looking forward to receiving the full spread of data collected during the project. This will provide us invaluable insight into energy loss during the building’s operation, which, in turn, could actually improve our own building design processes.”


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  2. The Judd School poised to save energy and money with HeatingSave

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    The Judd School is a Voluntary Aided Grammar School for boys, with a number of girls in the sixth form, situated in Tonbridge, Kent and supported by The Skinners’ Company. It hosts 150 members of staff and around 1100 pupils.

    The core of the school is the School Room – an inspiring 1896 hall which is used for assemblies, concerts and theatrical performances. In recent times, a further five substantial buildings have been added to the site, providing spacious and dedicated facilities for a variety of subjects. The old buildings have also been refurbished in order to provide the necessary space for various curriculum areas.

    As with many schools, the rising cost of energy prompted the Governing body to start looking for a solution that would help reduce this significant financial overhead.

    Our primary goal was to cut energy bills and save money” said Allan Stanley who is their Estates & Facilities Manager, “But we also wanted a web-friendly solution that would make the entire heating system easier to control from a single location, rather than moving about between various boiler rooms” he added. (more…)

  3. The Fulbridge Academy save on heating with HeatingSave

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    The Fulbridge Academy is a large primary school in New England, Peterborough. It hosts just over 100 members of staff and approximately 640 pupils. It is in the largest 20% of Primary School’s nationally and is the largest in the Local Authority.

    The school originally opened in 1935 and serves one of the oldest parts of the city. It was centrally heated right from the start, and, at the time, the hot water pipes were in the cloakrooms so that the children’s coats would dry out during the day if it had been raining.

    Extra corridors and classrooms were constructed in 1949 and again in 1960. The school’s premises have continued expand slowly over the years.

    In 2011, the school’s board and the Local Council were reviewing the ever increasing cost of running the school including the heating costs. Six gas fired Hamworthy boilers heat the school via radiators and also provide the hot water.

    Peterborough Council presented the HeatingSave system as a very good way of saving energy and cutting our energy bills” said Graham Barnes, Site Manager for the Fulbridge Academy. (more…)

  4. Broadwater School saves oil, controls more heating zones with HeatingSave

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    Broadwater School is a state, secondary Specialist Mathematics and Computing College in Farncombe, near Godalming, Surrey. It has been a mixed comprehensive school since 1970, and now has approximately 600 students aged 11–16 years. Its facilities extend over four floors and takes students from year 7 to year 11 (the GCSE year).

    The facilities of Broadwater School are used extensively by the local community. Classrooms, assembly hall and the specialist facilities such as the technology and food rooms are used for adult education as well as private functions. They are also a hive of musical activity, being the main centre for the South West Surrey Music Centre.

    The school employs over 86 members of staff and is equipped with a central heating system powered by 3 oil-fired boilers.

    Mr. Richard Williams, the school’s Site Manager, remembers that, around 2 years ago the school was thinking about installing an energy-management system that would allow them to “save oil and enjoy a superior level of temperature control over multiple zones”. (more…)

  5. Norwich High School for Girls cuts gas bills with HeatingSave

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    Norwich High School for Girls, founded in 1875, is one of 26 schools of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the largest group of independent schools in the UK, with 4,000 staff and over 20,000 students between the ages of three and 18.

    Norwich High School has historical roots in Norfolk and in the local community, and houses around 1,000 students and members of staff at any given time. The main buildings are attached to a distinguished Regency house. In addition, there is the Polliwiggle Nursery, a Junior Department with many specialist rooms, a sixth form centre, music school, spacious sports hall, 25 metre indoor heated pool and a state-of-the-art performing arts centre.

    Mr. Paul Fowler, the Norwich High School for Girls Estates Manager, remembers that, around 18 months ago, he realized that the implementation of a solid Building Energy Management System (BEMS) within the school had the potential to deliver a superior level of control over the heating system (comprising 16 gas-fired boilers) and save energy, as well as money.

    I had used the HeatingSave system at another school, so I was quite familiar with the superior level of control it provides, and I also knew how much money it can save”, Mr. Fowler answered when asked to explain the reasons behind his decision to suggest HeatingSave as the BEMS solution of choice. (more…)

  6. Burgoyne Middle School gets in-depth heating control, lower gas bills with HeatingSave

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    Burgoyne Middle School is a Community Secondary School establishment in Central Bedfordshire for 9 – 13 year old pupils. The school touts modern, well maintained buildings, grounds and facilities and takes on 206 pupils at any given moment, as well as 35 permanent members of staff.

    Burgoyne is a mid-sized school whose central heating system comprises multiple radiators, as well as several convection heaters. The radiator system is powered by a total of four gas-fired boilers(2 high-capacity models and 2 smaller, home-grade versions).

    Since this is a complex and extensive heating system, school authorities started looking around 2 years ago for a system that would enable them to control it better and save money in the process.

    The school requires quite a lot of energy and money for heating, so we thought that putting in a system to reduce energy spending would be a very good idea,” Mr. Jason Clarke, the Burgoyne Middle School site manager, told the HeatingSave reporter. ”We chose HeatingSave because, at the time, we simply couldn’t find another system that met our specific requirements to such an extent.” Mr. Clarke added. (more…)

  7. Attleborough High School installs HeatingSave for extensive heating control

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    Attleborough High School & Sixth Form Centre is a community secondary school and sixth form located in Attleborough, Norfolk, England. The school became a specialist Mathematics and Computing College in 2008 and currently offers offers GCSEs, NVQs and BTEC First Certificates as programmes of study.

    The High School provides high quality teaching areas including ten state of the art ICT suites, large playing fields, a recently renovated gym and hall along with a large modern sports hall which is shared with the local community. Typically, up to around 990 students and 130 members of staff use these facilities on a daily basis.

    The High School’s heating system consists of a mixture of hot air blowers and radiators, the latter being powered by 2 gas-fired boilers (which are also used for hot water provision).

    Given the extent of the heating system and its particular requirements, back in 2010, the High School’s board decided that urgent action was required in order to mitigate the ever-increasing energy bills, Mr. Ray Lock, the Attleborough High School Site Manager, told the HeatingSave reporter. (more…)

  8. Wheatley Park School chooses HeatingSave to cut their fuel bills

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    Wheatley Park School is a secondary school located on the site of Holton Park, 5 miles south east of Oxford, adjacent to the ancient coaching village of Wheatley. The extensive campus includes a suite of nine science laboratories, a design centre, and other specialist rooms including a library, hall and gymnasium, and, depending on demand, the school can accommodate up to 1400 students and the associated staff.

    Wheatley Park comprises multiple buildings, with each relying on its own separate heating system. As with many schools, the cost of energy represents one of Wheatley Park School’s main financial overheads, and since heating and electricity bills have been constantly rising, the school’s board decided back in 2013 that it was about time to do something about it. In particular, they wanted better control over the heating system and a system that would enable them to “reduce the heating bills”, as Mr. David Jones, the Wheatley Park School site manager, told the HeatingSave reporter. (more…)

  9. Wrekin College chooses HeatingSave for lower bills, extensive heating control

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    Wrekin College is a co-educational independent school located in Wellington, Shropshire, UK. It was founded by Sir John Bayley in 1880 and was known as ‘The School in the Garden’ owing to its extensive gardens and playing fields.

    After growing to more than 400 pupils, in 2007, the Governance of Wrekin College merged with The Old Hall School to create The Wrekin Old Hall Trust, sharing facilities and offering education from the age of 4 years through to 18 years. The schools operate largely autonomously as educational providers.

    Mr. Neil Brindley, Engineering Supervisor at Wrekin College, remembers that, around three years ago, the school’s officials started looking for a way of reducing energy-related bills. After extensive research on the most suitable solution to meet their needs and requirements, HeatingSave was ultimately the energy-saving system of choice. (more…)

  10. St Gregory the Great Catholic School slashes energy bills with HeatingSave

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    St Gregory the Great Catholic School is a voluntary-aided comprehensive secondary school with academy status in Cowley, Oxford, within Oxfordshire LEA, and is a specialises in Music.

    The school currently has around 1,250 pupils ranging from Primary School level (aged 4) up to 6th form (aged 16–18). The 6th form itself contains around 180 pupils, and offers a wide range of subjects. The school also employs around 250 members of staff.

    Until the new buildings of the school were finalised in 2006, the school existed on two sites: the Cardinal Newman Middle School site on Cricket Road, and the St Augustine’s school site at Iffley Turn, Oxford. However, after receiving a £20,000,000 grant from the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, the current buildings were constructed.

    The central heating system installed at the St Gregory the Great Catholic School comprises 8 modern gas-fired boilers, accompanied by a large number of radiators used for heating all the buildings on the premises. (more…)