Natural Lighting and Natural Ventilation by Monodraught

To provide natural ventilation and natural cooling at Alderman Knight School, the following systems have been installed:

  • Two WINDCATCHER  X-Air 170 in the Main Hall
  • Four ABS 350 Circular WINDCATCHER Systems in the Meeting Room,  Library, Sensory Room and a small office
  • One new COOL-PHASE unit in the ICT Room

Matt Peplow, Business and Operations Manager at Alderman Knight School commented on the systems:

“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.”

Data was collected from the COOL-PHASE unit installed between 7th June 2012 and 30th March 2015. The Monodraught COOL-PHASE system has met the design criteria and specification requested providing fresh air, ensuring CO2 levels remain within acceptable boundaries and keeping temperatures within acceptable level. This has been achieved with a very low energy use at a cost of approximately £17 per year.

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