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PASSIVENT HELPS COLLEGES BENEFIT FROM NEW RAFT OF FUNDING

Schools can cut their energy bills and improve the learning environment by utilising Passivent’s rsnge of natural solutions for building services.

Whether a new build or refurbishment project, the inclusion or improvement of building services such as ventilation, daylight and acoustics needs to be addressed in order to minimize energy consumption but maximize student and staff comfort. Passivent’s diverse range and technical expertise in the sector (the company has been a member of a Government steering committee to advise on natural ventilation) enables a holistic approach to be adopted, with the three elements addressed from one source.

The rising cost of energy means schools should take every opportunity to harness natural resources to cut their fuel bills, says Dennis Bates, Passivent Product Manager.

The latest version of Building Bulletin 90 states ‘Unless over-riding reasons for not doing so, the school designer should assume daylight will be the prime means of lighting’, yet a typical rooflight will lose almost 90% of its light transmission value in 10 years so will need replacing to avoid an increased use of electric light.

Natural ventilation is the DfE’s preferred means of airing educational establishments and noise transfer to and from classrooms is always a concern for teachers, -We are the only major company in the sector that can address ALL those issues, simplifying the specification process and further optimising funds by ensuring systems work effectively as stand-alone strategies, or integrate seamlessly and with maximum user control, and delivering compliance with BB90 (lighting in schools), BB101 (ventilation in schools) and BB93 (acoustics).

What’s more, natural solutions – ventilation and lighting – are usually not only cheaper to operate as they use little or no energy, but usually involve a lower capital cost too.

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