evaporative cooling at Westminster University listed building

Fyvie Hall at the University of Westminster and its associate board room were consistently uncomfortable during perievaporative cooling in a listed buildingods of hot weather.  As with all universities and public sector sites, the carbon impact of any cooling system needed to be minimised.

Fyvie Hall dates from the rebuilding of 309 Regent Street in 1910-1912.  The architect responsible for the new building was George Mitchell, later to become Head of the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic.  This very special building hosted the first public viewing of a motion picture.

The room is now used for education and conferences with a capacity of up to 150 people.  The design of any cooling system also had to comply with all of the constraints associated with a Grade 1 listed building

Above Fyvie Hall is the board room.  This is a semi-glazed building with natural ventilation.Designing Evaporative Cooling systems for listed buidings Two side discharge EcoCoolers and an extraction system were installed to provide cooling for both rooms.  The existing ventilation ducts and openings were utilised to avoid any listed building implications.  The EcoCooling air supply fans are installed with pre and post sound attenuation to meet the internal requirement of NC40 and local restrictions.

A combined thermostat and humidistat in each room automatically controls the temperature with a maximum relative humidity.  This solution has satisfied the cooling requirements of these rooms. With less than 20% of the energy use and carbon impact of an equivalent refrigeration based cooling system, this will contribute to the University of Westminster’s Sustainability and Responsibility Programme.

evaporative cooling complying with sustainabilitya nd responsibility programme