The London School of Economics is a public research university located in Westminster, Central London. With 70% of the 11,000 students coming from outside the UK means the University has the second highest percentage of international students of all world universities. As of 2018 the site has undergone redevelopment and expansion works including the creation new facilities. As part of development works included a new BMS system incorporating a natural ventilation system which is where Syscom became involved.
The centre building is the first on the Holborn campus to meet the requirements of BREEAM outstanding building. In order to meet the brief’s sustainability requirements natural ventilation was carefully designed throughout the building. The natural ventilation was driven by the need to minimise overheating in the building. The windows are controlled by the BMS system via actuators. The BMS system moderates the ventilation rate through the day by opening and closing the windows and enables the floors to be purged of residual heat overnight to recharge the thermal mass. The module also incorporates a large, hinged opaque panel adjacent to the glazing that can be opened inwards by the occupants to boost ventilation. When the window is open, the BMS turns the heating off. This is a managed ventilation system that gives users control.