Variable-speed pumps boost energy performance of new university building
Visions of energy efficiency — achieving a performance 20% better than required is this new building at the University of Glamorgan, helped by the use of Grundfos variable-speed pumps in its building-services systems.
At the heart of the heating, air-conditioning and DHW system of the new School of Creative & Cultural Studies at the University of Glamorgan is a series of Grundfos pumps, mainly drawn from the versatile and energy-efficient TPE family. This £35 million project, called the ATRiuM, is a sleek, glass-fronted building. It consists of the remodelling of a 6500 m2 former BT building with a 3700 m2 extension linked to the existing building. Hoare Lea designed the overall M&E solution, and Grundfos Pumps worked with mechanical contractor CMB Engineering to meet the specifications. All the pumps were supplied via BSS Cardiff. The Building Regulations requirement of at least a 27% improvement in energy performance compared with the 2002 regulations has been considerably bettered, with a 42% improvement. Traditional systems are generally used, with a good design, good room-by-room control systems and Grundfos variable-speed pumps.
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