Monodraught Sunpipes are easy to mount onto all roof types
Steve Smith from Jones and Woolman, a specialist installer of weathering systems for all types of openings in roof and wall cladding who installed the SUNPIPES at Beacon Barracks MOD Base
We take the view that a holistic approach to engineering design results in more complete and fully integrated solutions, which apply to an entire building. We decided to replace many of the conventional skylights originally proposed by using Monodraught Sunpipes because of the many advantages that these Sunpipe systems provide. We considered that Windcatchers were an excellent way to ensure good natural air distribution and to meet the brief of providing a cost effective natural ventilation system within the building envelope budget.
Tim Goodwin, the Senior Partner of Architects, King Shaw Associates. Trinity & St Nicholas Primary Schools
Throughout our school there were very few rooms that suffered with no ventilation. All of our classrooms either have openable north lights or external doors. However we did have an ICT Suite, an Office and a Meeting Room with no external windows so we decided to utilise the Monodraught WINDCATCHER and COOL-PHASE systems within these spaces. The COOL-PHASE system that we have in the ICT Suite manages the temperature of the room very well and whilst you may lose an element of control that you get with Air-Conditioning, you are reducing the energy consumption that you are using to cool the space. We also had some WINDCATCHER systems installed in the Main Hall which is very useful when the Hall is packed up over a period of time. It makes a big difference in terms of the levels of C02 and quality of the air
Matt Peplow - Business & Operation Manager at Alderman Knight School
The store uses up to 25% less energy and emits up to 95% less carbon dioxide than an average Simply Food store
(The 9,000 sq ft Galashiels store features 12 Sunpipe systems and three GRP 800 Square Suncatchers among ‘eco-features’ that significantly reduce its carbon footprint and improve its energy efficiency)
“In response to updated building regulations, Tesco has included energy saving and sustainable initiatives to go beyond the standard requirement of 50% carbon reduction and ensure that the store is as sustainable and energy efficient as possible.
As one of the key suppliers, Monodraught was involved early in the planning stage, later supplying twelve oval Windcatcher X-Air systems aerodynamically-designed to deliver the optimum ventilation rate to extract warm, stale air from the vast main sales area of the store and introduce fresh, naturally-ventilated air”
Karl Myhill - Woods Hardwick, Commercial director – Tesco-Corby
The existing school was naturally ventilated but only by manual windows opening. The Windcatcher X-Air system was chosen for the simplicity of its implementation during the construction, its good control system and low maintenance. The feedback from the school is very good regarding ease of use and air quality.
Olivier Zanni of Tribu, Lyon - Vancia School
The systems have regulated the internal temperatures without any outside assistance.
Greg Allen, Facilities Manager at St Joseph’s College - Bespoke Windcatchers
Monodraught Windcatchers were the ideal solution and the entire facility now stays cool and refreshed, even when full of students letting off steam”. He adds “that once installed, Windcatchers maximise the use of wind pressure and the natural stack effect of thermal buoyancy, which means schools reap all the benefits of sustainable energy and incur no running costs.”
Richard Mapp - Business Manager - Performing Arts Block of the Hazlemere based Sir William Ramsay School
We are all aware how difficult it is to study and work in a stuffy and warm environment and this was one of the key factors in the College’s decision. After all, what could be more energy efficient than ‘free fresh air'.
Phil Evans, Energy Manager - Imperial College – Windcatchers
I was impressed with the simplicity of the Windcatcher technology. The roof mounted units are located well above the heavy pollutants on the A2 allowing fresh air to be drawn into the heart of the building. Acoustic lining in the ducts of the Windcatchers has reduced noise ingress to 38 dBa, which is well within the noise design limits set by the Acoustic Consultants.
The Architect, Guy Shackle - Addey & Stanhope School – Windcatchers
I am very excited by this technology and the opportunity to improve student comfort without increasing the energy burden to Anglia Ruskin.
Andy Lefley, Assistant Director of Building Services, Estates & Facilities - Anglia Ruskin University – Cool-phase
Obviously, with a significantly reduced budget, we had to look again at everything that was planned for the Centre. Natural ventilation was a key consideration for the sustainability of the building and when the original specification was reviewed Monodraught emerged as the preferred candidate, meeting our brief in terms of cost, sustainability and the potential as an educational source.
Rob Westbrook - Ayshford Sansome Associate - Prospects College – Cool-phase