Last updated: Monday 28th December 2015
Working as a team to deliver a brilliant air-tightness result
Wednesday 6th April 2016
Given the complexities of a commercial project, the team has delivered a brilliant result. This result demonstrates that the service personnel designing and installing the ductwork, pipework, electrics etc… were diligent and that a culture of collaboration works in the construction industry.
Mechanical & Electrical Services Installation
Tuesday 26th January 2016
The Multi-Comfort standard requires a high level of insulation and building fabric air tightness resulting in little or no requirement for a heating system.
In the case of the new sports and drama hall at King’s School, it was decided, as the building was frequently unoccupied, a small system would be required to efficiently prepare the space, prior to occupants and equipment taking the bulk of the heating load requirements.
Construction News visits site
You can see the interviews below.
One of the CIOB guests made an important observation
Friday 4th December 2015
We didn’t share one of the videos as it raised a very good point; Peter Churchill, a retired George Wimpey (now Taylor Wimpey) employee, says he’s pretty impressed with Multi-Comfort, and the build, but recognised that training people to deliver Multi-Comfort is a big issue.In our blog post on the 25th November about the CIOB visit to the King’s School, we shared a few one-minute videos of visitors’ views of Multi-Comfort and the build. We didn’t share one of the videos as it raised a very good point; Peter Churchill, a retired George Wimpey (now Taylor Wimpey) employee, says he’s pretty impressed with Multi-Comfort, and the build, but recognised that training people to deliver Multi-Comfort is a big issue.
Peter’s right, it’s all very well designing a high performance building, but in order for the building to perform as designed, the trades involved in the construction need to work together, with a clear understanding of the end goal and with the knowledge that their actions can affect the end performance of the build positively and negatively.
CIOB visit to the King’s School – 16th November 2015
Wednesday 25th November 2015
Air Pressurisation Test
Tuesday 17th November 2015
The Multi-Comfort criterion for non-residential new-build, for air-tightness, is 0.6 V/h @ 50Pa (N50 standard). That is 0.6 air changes, by volume, per hour when the building is subjected to a pressure of 50 Pascal. This is roughly equivalent to 1m3/m2.hr@50Pa for the UK Q50 standard.
Dave Mann provides a video update about progress on-site
Monday 12th October 2015
We’re seven months into the build.
Progress so far:
We got the roof partially completed, so this elevation is almost done. The east elevation is half way complete, so good progress is being made, which is essential for us in regards to getting the building nice and water-tight.
The Kings School – Building Monitoring
Tuesday 11th August 2015
As we covered the structure in the last post, in this one, we thought we’d cover monitoring the building’s performance, not just the school hall, but also the existing school hall so we can identify the improvement in performance that the new Multi-Comfort building delivers for the occupants and owners.
The existing hall will be monitored for 6 months and the new for two years.
All data collected will be normalised and sent for independent verification to BRE (Building Research Establishment).
Video interviews with Head and Site Manager
Wednesday 5th August 2015
Our existing hall is really quite old now. It’s simply a converted barn. It’s not at all energy efficient. In fact, it’s very difficult to heat and at other times of the year it’s very difficult to keep at the right temperature. It’s quite uncomfortable, and some of our events have seen some of our audience leaving in a state of distress with them being rather too warm and not comfortable.
The King’s School, Worcester – Pasquill Glulam and I-beams
Thursday 9th July 2015
Glulam timber’s tensile characteristics make it suitable for long span, load-bearing widths, such as bridges. It is an exceptionally strong material, used for load-bearing structures where visual appearance is important, which can be shaped, helping to form spacious buildings.
The Glulam timbers are being used to mimic the existing aesthetical appeal of a barn – typical of other buildings in the vicinity. This modern method of construction (mmc) allows for increased structural spans and provides large open multi-use spaces such as the required specification of King’s Hawford sports and drama hall.
Celotex FR5000 and Vario
Wednesday 1st July 2015
A polyethylene separating layer was fitted over the top of the LECA® Insufill and then 250mm of Celotex FR5000 installed with staggered joints.
FR5000 from Celotex, a Saint-Gobain Group company, is manufactured from rigid PIR (polyisocyanurate) and has a lambda value of just 0.021 W/m.K (the lower the number, the better the thermal performance). You can see from the picture, taken by Mark Allen, Head of Technical for Saint-Gobain, that multiple layers of insulation were used and the joints of the boards staggered. The insulation is fixed very close and abutting the concrete without any gaps, to maximise the thermal performance.
…and we’re off
Thursday 21st May 2015 - By Mark AllenGround has been broken and the build of the King’s Hawford Multi-Comfort school sports hall is underway.
The sports hall has been designed to offer superior thermal, audio and visual comfort as well as improved internal air quality for its occupants.
The build will take approximately 42 weeks and should be complete, so the building can be used, at the start of 2016.
Saint-Gobain products have been utilised throughout the building. Through this blog, we’ll be talking about them, their benefits, how they contribute to the comfort and the build process.
SAINT-GOBAIN PROVIDES A MULTI-COMFORT EDUCATION
Tuesday 19th May 2015Saint-Gobain in the UK and Ireland, the leader in the sustainable habitat and construction markets, has announced the start of its first project in the UK to be built to Multi-Comfort standards.
Together with Associated Architects and building contractor Speller Metcalfe, Saint-Gobain is putting its recently launched Multi-Comfort concept into practice – the holistic approach to constructing buildings, designed to improve occupant comfort, health and wellbeing. Work has begun constructing a new £1.2m multi-purpose sports and drama hall for one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools.