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Downside Junior and Downside Infant School

Downside Junior and Downside Infant School

Client: Downside Junior and Downside Infant School, Luton, Bedfordshire
Type of works: Solar powered Turrets were provided inclusive of photovoltaic cells. GDL also supplied the internal supply and extract ventilation grilles throughout the school.

The school has recently renewed its ventilation system and now benefits from a variety of economical and environmental advantages.

A natural ventilation solution was selected to ventilate the building. The GDL Solarstore solution was identified as the most suitable option to provide continuous fresh air throughout the classrooms, assembly hall and gymnasium, whilst maintaining low energy consumption and operating costs.

Solar powered Turrets were provided inclusive of photovoltaic cells. GDL also supplied the internal supply and extract ventilation grilles throughout the school.

GDL Air Systems latest advancement within our natural ventilation range, the Solarstore, provides a unique combination of free ventilation coupled with solar powered supply and extract fans to allow 24 hour ventilation.

Downside primary School is a two storey building incorporating various halls and assembly areas and is therefore particularly suitable for the Solarstore Natural Ventilation solution. This method of ventilation has numerous cost-saving and environmental advantages,

Low energy consumption as we harness both wind and solar power to ventilate the building.
Low operating costs.
Low Maintenance costs.
Innovative, wireless, user friendly controls system.
Increased security as there are no open windows.
Natural air flow increases concentration levels due to the fresh supply of oxygen.
Replacement of stale air eliminates ‘sick building’ syndrome as found in mechanically ventilated buildings.
Our system allows ‘night purge’.

The school requires ‘night purge’ or evening ventilation in the assembly areas for concerts, plays and sports events when ordinarily solar powered solutions are unable to do so. Our unique Solarstore solution permits the DC battery to run the dual fan system allowing 24 hour ventilation, giving increased ventilation during the evening when required.

The main purchasing criteria for this ventilation method were its overall performance meeting specific low carbon ventilation requirements, its appearance, user friendly wireless control system and ease of installation.

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