Monodraught contributes to cost effectiveness of new building for Deeplish Primary School

Monodraught, natural ventilation
Helping to reduce the lifecyle costs of this new building at Deeplish Primary School in Rochdale is the application of Monodraught Windcatcher X-Air natural-ventilation systems.

The new building at Deeplish Primary School in Rochdale was designed by Impact Partnership, a joint venture between Rochdale Borough Council and consulting and business-services group Mouchel, to provide better value for money while improving the use of space, the flow of the school and its future learning requirements. The new building also significantly improves life-cycle costs, sustainability and energy efficiency — helped by a natural-ventilation system based on Monodraught’s WindCatcher X-Air natural-ventilation systems.

Vince Pool of Impact Partnership explains that natural ventilation was a natural choice rather than air conditioning to achieve the required BREEAM rating. ‘We looked at a number of stack systems and specified Monodraught as there were design and performance advantages with its systems. We initially looked at WindCatchers, but were then introduced to the new X-Air natural-ventilation systems which, while they were attractively styled and offered similar performance, also provided a cost advantage.

WindCatcher X-Air features many innovations and patented technologies, including distinctive styling and LED architectural lighting.

The £2.9 million 2-storey building accommodates 420 children in 14 classrooms, with a multi-purpose hall and a number of stores and offices.

21 WindCatcher X-Air units provide natural ventilation to eight first-floor classrooms and, on the ground floor, five more classrooms, reception, main hall, multi-purpose hall and a nursery classroom. Fresh air from the roof-mounted units is ducted to areas on the ground floor.

A number of other Monodraught systems are also fitted. They include five SolaVent units, which incorporate a SunPipe, a solar-powered extract fan and two fluorescent downlighters, in the first-floor toilets. There is also a SolaBoost unit for the first-floor cleaning store and a single SunCatcher in the changing room.

The installation is controlled by five Monodraught iNVent controllers linked to the new building’s building-management system.

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