Animal Care Centre, Easton College

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Animal Care Centre, Easton College


Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty

Completed June 2014

Anglia Heating were involved in the initial design and subsequent installation and commissioning of integrated systems for the new building. Our requirement was to provide a solution which blended new technologies The building was designed exclusively to support the teaching and training of students. The new centre has some outstanding animal housing and teaching resources. The central corridor has north lights and the south elevation has no windows which should limit any solar gain in the summer, removing the need for mechanical cooling in the building.

All the rainwater from the roof is sent to 2 large holding tanks for use in the horticultural department replacing borehole water for plant irrigation. What is not so evident from the outside is that this 800m2 building, representing an investment of £1,675,000 is also carbon positive, in that it will generate more electricity from 45kw of PV panels than it consumes, it is heated by air source heat pumps and the hot water is generated from 5kw of solar collectors plus electric (PV) top up so burns no fossil fuel on site.

The centre has individual room controls throughout for heating and fresh air handling (extracted air has the heat recovered to preheat incoming fresh air) to allow each room to have its own climate depending on which species are homed within, similarly each room has timed

lighting controls to allow us to set the length of time lighting is on to ensure ’day lengths’ are controlled in the winter months.