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Colt International Launches Dedicated Website for Schools

Responding to the increasing demand to provide natural ventilation, solar shading and smoke control solutions in educational facilities, Colt has launched a new specialist design guidance website aimed at architects and consultants- www.designguidanceforschools.co.uk.

The website includes design guidance for mechanical and natural ventilation, smoke control and solar shading systems, which are required to meet Building Regulations BB87, BB90, BB93, BB95, BB100 & BB101.

Expert advice and design guidance for schools

Coltís dedicated education website highlights the capability to design integrated smoke control, natural ventilation and solar shading systems. The specific building requirements include fire safety, temperature, lighting quality, ventilation, heating, carbon dioxide concentration and noise levels. The six factors governing comfort Ė air temperature, heat radiation, humidity, air movement, noise and odour Ė have a direct effect on the pupilsí health and absenteeism, their efficiency, capacity for concentration and productivity.

By taking into consideration all the aspects of a buildings structure and position, solutions can be developed to work in harmony with the external environment. An example of this would be, positioning vents away from a busy road to avoid noise and air pollution. Therefore Colt can take full design responsibility across three very different systems; by integrating solutions to create a healthy, comfortable and safe internal climate, as well as an energy-efficient building.

Unique offering across 3 areas of expertise: ventilation, solar shading and smoke control

Natural ventilation systems harness the elements of wind and heat to move air through the building, automatically opening and closing windows and rooflights in a controlled manner. This can be integrated with a sun tracking solar shading system to reduce solar heat gain and control the intensity of sunlight inside the building.

Both the natural ventilation and solar shading system can be combined with Coltís Caloris WRF heat pump. The Caloris WRF tops up the cooling requirement in the summer and supplies heating in the winter. The mixed mode ventilation system offers a highly energy-efficient and financially sound solution. This system is ideally suited to buildings where a full mechanical ventilation system is insufficient or too expensive to operate and maintain.

A smoke control system can be an additional benefit to a natural ventilation system. School fires put lives at stake and disrupt the education of tens of thousands of pupils across the UK every year. School fires also have a financial impact, costing £74million in 2006. Smoke control systems provide a safe escape route for immediate evacuation in case of a fire. These systems also ensure fire-fighters have a safe and clear access route, enabling the fire to be controlled faster and reducing damages to the school.

Systems can be linked together with carbon dioxide detectors, internal and external temperature sensors, external weather stations and smoke sensors reporting back to the central BMS.

Impressive track record in the Schools sector

Colt Internationalís impressive track record in the educational facilities sector is a testament to the companyís ability to understand its specific requirements and translate them into design solutions; to create a comfortable and healthy teaching environment. The companyís involvement in this sector dates back to the 60ís, and in 2008 alone Colt has completed over 40 projects in schools, colleges and universities in the UK.

Email: darren.civil@uk.coltgroup.com


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