Monodraught delivers natural ventilation and daylighting to Lincoln Innovation Centre
Monodraught natural ventilation and lighting has been installed at the £7 million, 3300 m2 Lincoln Innovation Centre to reduce running costs and carbon footprint. The centre is the key to the city’s aspirations to bring in higher-level and more highly paid jobs. It rents first- and second-floor offices to new and existing businesses in the area.
A key component of the carbon-reducing design is to cool down the concrete frame and block walls at night while providing ventilation.
In total, 47 Sola-boost natural-ventilation units in diameters from 600 to 1200 mm and 46 Sunpipe 230 mm daylighting units were fitted to offices, workshops, meeting rooms and a cafe and circulation area.
The Monodraught equipment was specified following a value-engineering project by main contractor Marriott Construction to ensure the project met the City of Lincoln Council’s budget.
Tony Jenks of Marriott explained that Marriott had previous experience of Monodraught natural-ventilation and lighting systems and approached the company for a full turnkey proposal. He says, ‘The proposal we received was excellent and really helped us to sell the natural-ventilation approach to the client. The design team’s input and drawings were also very good, and we worked closely with them to integrate the Sola-boost units with our BMS. We forced a very high specification into a tight budget, and Monodraught contributed by providing innovative, energy-free ventilation and lighting technologies at a good price.’
The finished project has a bio-diverse room, and the SunPipe systems were specially constructed to terminate 400 mm above the roof surface to allow for the bio-diverse roof and ensure waterproofing integrity.