Engineering for a Finite Planet: Sustainable Solutions by by Peter Davey

By Peter Davey

Das britische Ingenieurbüro Buro Happold ist seit langen Jahren im Bereich der ökologischen Planung tätig und hat sich damit weltweit einen Namen gemacht. Dieses Buch stellt die Arbeit des Büros vor und zeigt ausgewählte Projekte mit zahlreichen konstruktiven info.

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On quite the other end of the scale of magnitude, the pPod, a puppet theatre for the Horse and Bamboo Company, is intended to accommodate audiences of up to 35 people. It travels from town to town on the back of a lorry and can be erected by members of the company in 90 minutes. Designed by Florian Förster and Ian Leaper of Buro Happold with Martin Ostermann of the Berlin firm, magma architecture, the little tent relies on six rectangular frames of aluminium tubes and a skin of PVC-coated polyester sheeting.

Vertical riser ducts at the perimeter transfer air from the labyrinth to classrooms on upper floors. The system allows much flexibility in classroom organisation. The air picks up warmth from the occupants of the peripheral spaces, and this largely heats the atrium – free. Because the system is in the undercroft, rooftop plant rooms and ducting are obviated, facilitating control of temperature and noise – and meeting the planners’ stipulation that the works should not be exposed to view. As the first school to use the undercroft air handling system, Paddington’s performance – and costs – will be analysed with great interest, for the principles behind the design, if they are shown to be sustainable, should be applied on a wide scale in inner city areas.

At the base of the tower, silver-anodised aluminium panels and blade awnings reflect sunshine. Notwithstanding all such preventive measures, a heavy cooling load is generated; it is controlled with an ice storage system. A CWC-free refrigeration plant produces 600 tonnes of ice a night, when electricity can be bought at a cheaper rate than during the day. This store of cooling energy tempers the internal climate at hours of peak demand between one and five in the afternoon. The ice stores are automatically monitored as their coolth is used, and the building management system carefully controls ice melting and refreezing to optimise energy use.

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