Gilberts helps deliver zero carbon facility

  • 1 Aug 2017

The University of Nottingham’s GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry has been designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating, and be carbon neutral within 25 years of operation.

Imtech has played a key role in contributing ventilation in partnership with Gilberts Blackpool

The building focuses on a timber frame, PV panels and natural ventilation for its green credentials. To optimise fresh air within the five research labs and communal spaces, Gilberts’ DGA ceiling diffusers, NV transfer grilles, GSFA swirl diffusers, GX air valves, egg crates and linear bar grilles were selected, with Computational modelling undertaken to prove the performance objectives for intake and extract.

“Achievement of the carbon neutral criteria was paramount,” explained Gilberts’ national sales manager Pete Sedgwick. “That even took into account embodied carbon, materials, methods of production and delivery. The original designs revised to help realise the carbon neutral target, with the introduction of a variable air volume system and over-sized ductwork.”

Pete adds, “Internal ventilation grilles had to be selected that would deliver the performance criteria, easily integrate into the structure and arrive on site in a timely manner. Schedules were tight, but we were uniquely positioned to work with Imtech to achieve the over-riding environmental criteria, and give the delivery assurances”

Gilbert designs and manufactures the products in-house at the Blackpool headquarters, further contributing to the sustainability.

Gilberts’ DGA4 diffusers provide four-way blow with a 12 degree cooling differential and up to 0.350m3/s through the suspended ceilings, complimented by Gilberts’ GSFA ceiling fixed swirl diffusers, and aluminium NV vision proof transfer grilles moving air through partitions and doors at a maximum 1.5m/s.

Gilberts’ GX steel air valves provide volume flow up to 2001/s, DGA diffusers, and linear bar grilles. Gilberts supplied all components in gloss or satin silver to the RAL.


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