﻿Tyneside school chooses WindowMaster system
WindowMaster has designed and supplied a natural-ventilation and window-control system to control temperature and air quality with minimal energy expenditure for a new £15 million primary learning campus in Longbenton, Tyneside. The scheme will bring together Goathland Primary School and Glebe Special School in one integrated location on a site next to Longbenton Community College.
WindowMaster has provided controls for 146 motors for the facade windows. The motors and windows are being supplied by sister company Velfac. WindowMaster has also supplied 222 motors with controls for the corridor high-level lantern windows, link block rooms and staff room.
The natural-ventilation system has 59 keypads which room occupants can use to over-ride the automatic system if required. It also includes 43 combined temperature/carbon-dioxide sensors and 10 temperature sensors to control indoor climate quality in 53 zones around the campus.
Tony Sadler, architect with teh North Tyneside Construction Group, said, ‘We became interested in WindowMaster when we started to look at the cost of louvre systems and air catchers which are required to make passive fresh-air systems function.
‘The WindowMaster system made sense because it makes use of an element which is already part of the design.’
A weather station monitors external conditions around the building, including wind direction and speed, temperature and rainfall. Changes in wind pressure on the facade are also monitored. This information is combined with readings from internal sensors to precisely control windows to keep air quality in rooms fresh and the temperature constant.