Experts in Loughborough University’s School of Civil and Building Engineering are at the forefront of building energy use and performance modelling.
A two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) allowed them to work with SE Controls – leading specialist providers of innovative and adaptive smoke and natural ventilation control systems – to develop building testing models, simulations and natural ventilation strategies.
The KTP challenge
By modern standards, older business and industrial building stock offers poor energy efficiency, occupant comfort and air quality.
Changes to UK legislation require a growing number of older commercial properties to provide Energy Performance Certificates. SE Controls identified a market opportunity – installing natural ventilation control systems during remedial maintenance and improvement work to these premises.
Working with Loughborough, the company was able to develop innovative building testing models, simulations and natural ventilation strategies.
The KTP has provided SE Controls with a significant competitive advantage by providing them with unparalleled knowledge of control system design and thermal modelling. They are now able to:
- offer energy efficiency services to existing commercial buildings, using sophisticated building simulation, natural ventilation and intelligent control systems
- implement a global strategy that includes a far more comprehensive design service, which can influence projects at a much earlier stage of the build process
As a result, the company is able to offer a more comprehensive service, and pursue a wider range of projects at a much earlier stage of the build process, proactively influencing ventilation and smoke control design – creating more comfortable and safer living and working environments.