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RESSEEPE Project – Sustainable Building Innovations at Coventry University – PCM

Coventry University and the RESSEEPE partners have been very busy over the past few months progressing the RESSEEPE research into the demo site activities phase.  It’s at this point where the practical end of the demonstrations is coming into action and the really exciting work is happening. Having been a part of the project since its initial practical kick off its great to see the technologies explored as a part of the project actually gong onto the buildings. Over the next few weeks a number of articles will be released discussing each of the technologies installed at Coventry University.

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PCM – Sample of the tube form unfixed and loose

The first major works at Coventry consisted of the installation of Phase Change Materials (PCM).  PCM is a passive system, which behaves similar to ice, in that the material ‘freezes’ and melts at a fixed temperature.  The PCM installed in Coventry is a S27 phase change material, which is a salt hydrate that peaks at 27oC.  In reality, the PCM may start the melting process at 25oC and be completely liquid at 29oC.  In reverse, the PCM may show signs of solidification at 29oC and be completely solid at 25oC. 

 

 

The PCM Tubes are installed and respond to the surrounding temperature of the room.  At the beginning of the day, the TubeICE are frozen.  As the room heats up due to body heat, and heat from the sun, the PCM Tubes passively cool the room by absorbing the heat until completely melted. 

PCM Passive System Throughout Day

PCM Passive System Throughout Day

The duration of the cooling effect is dependent on the intensity of the heat being absorbed.  I.e. the PCM will melt quicker if the ambient temperature in the room is 40oC compared to if the temperature is 35oC, much like a block of ice would.  As the temperature cools over night, so does the PCM.  The PCM effectively looses energy to the immediate surroundings, charging for the next day. 

 

PCM - Overnight

PCM Overnight

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PCM bracket System

One of the challenges with installation was due to the unknown entity of the PCM. A number of local contractors were approached to install but were put off by the increased risk factor when dealing with a technology which is very new. Contractors rightly so have to consider the increased level of risk and liability that they will take on when dealing with something they have little precedent or experience in handling. In reality once a contractor had been identified the installation was fairly straight forward. Certain protocols had to be adhered to such as a structural assessment of the space and an asbestos survey, both to ensure that firstly the structure could hold the increased loading of the PCM tubes and secondly to ensure that no surprises were found in regards to asbestos. Both were cleared and the installation was quick and uneventful. As can be seen from the image the PCM tubes were fixed using a standard tube fixing bracket system which was fixed to the underside of the ceiling.

PCM technology was installed within the Architecture Studio and 2 offices within the John Laing Building at Coventry University. The spaces and tubes will be energy monitored over the next year to gather full performance data, which will be objectively compared to controls rooms neighbouring the spaces. Below the PCM tube can be seen in-situ.

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PCM tube in-situ

 

PCM tube in-situ

PCM tube in-situ

Contributors – Danny McGough and PCMproducts

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Forming Teams – Steve Austin

This video is designed to provide a starting point awareness of forming teams and collaboration.

At Coventry University we have been running a number of modules using a flipped approach. The Flipped approach that we have adopted is to have students review a directed collection of theory outside of the classroom, which then frees up the ‘lecture’ time to work through activity based discussion and content. The idea is to make better use of the contact time we have.

Links to Coventry University, where we have a selection of courses that include, Group work, BIM and Construction –  Click link here

All unique images within the video are created by myself unless otherwise referenced within. If information is sourced it will be referenced and used for tutorial and teaching purposes with an aim of improving knowledge and understanding.

I have all rights to distribute this video through my colleague and the presenter Stephan Austin. I myself was technical lead, and editor of all content. I have, as an employer of Coventry University prior permission to use this media logo’s. This material and its content is copyright of Danny McGough and Stephan Austin unless other wise stated as referenced material as above – ArchiTECT-BIM 2015. All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited

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Facing Risk – Steve Austin

This video is designed to give a starting point awareness on facing risk within a teamwork environment.

At Coventry University we have been running a number of modules using a flipped approach. The Flipped approach that we have adopted is to have students review a directed collection of theory outside of the classroom, which then frees up the ‘lecture’ time to work through activity based discussion and content. The idea is to make better use of the contact time we have.

Links to Coventry University, where we have a selection of courses that include, Group work, BIM and Construction – Click link here

 

All unique images within the video are created by myself unless otherwise referenced within. If information is sourced it will be referenced and used for tutorial and teaching purposes with an aim of improving knowledge and understanding.

I have all rights to distribute this video through my colleague and the presenter Stephan Austin. I myself was technical lead, and editor of all content. I have, as an employer of Coventry University prior permission to use this media logo’s. This material and its content is copyright of Danny McGough and Stephan Austin unless other wise stated as referenced material as above – ArchiTECT-BIM 2015. All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited

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RESSEEPE – Coventry University Activities

January has been a busy month for Coventry University (CU). For the latest RESSEEPE meeting CU made the trip to Skellefteå, which is one of the four demo sites within the project. The discussion of the meeting was focused around the next immediate steps to be taken. The upcoming installation phase of the project will be a critical period in which the demo sites will continue or begin to carry out the interventions upon the demo buildings. 

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Coventry’s demo and living lab activities including the Richard Crossman (RC) and John Laing (JL) buildings will revolve around a number of proved and state of the art installations. For the Richard Crossman demo building the focus will be on testing the performance of somewhat proven technologies looking to establish the impact on a building wide scale. Included within the demo site will be Photovoltaic panels on the roof, LED lighting upgrade throughout the circulation and common spaces, roof insulation improvements and high performance Windows, curtain wall system and a modern Building Management system. The focus will be on the integration of these systems to improve the overall performance of the building. Work on RC has been progressing well with the high performance Windows, curtain system and roof improvement works complete.

The John Laing building is within a slightly earlier phase of the project. Additionally the intervention strategy is taking on a greater experimental ethos with many of the interventions on the cusp of technology advancement. The technologies to be installed on John Laing include aerogel insulation embedded into a unique and innovative render application solution. Aerogel will be tested in 3 separate but localised areas on John Laing with each area having variations in specification and approach.  The strategy will be to use the variations to evaluate comparative critical impact. Phase change materials (PCM) will be implemented into 2 spaces with JL and progress is at the detailed design stage. A ventilated facade with integrated PV on the external face and vacuum insulated panels (VIP) on the inside face will be placed externally on one module of the facade.  VIP will also be tested in isolation in a separate facade module. Within a single space a combination of the technologies (VF, VIP, PV and PCM) will be tested which focusing on the combined impact of the interventions. The data from the isolated spaces will provide a set of control benchmarks with the combination space providing data for the integrated impact. The data gained from the JL interventions will be extrapolated to evaluate potential whole building impact.

Coventry University has also been working on stakeholder engagement and dissemination. As part of the construction based curriculum a group project has been established which all undergraduates will take part in. The project is focused on a scenario-based refurbishment of the John Laing building.IMG_2048 A significant criterion of the project is for students to consider the relevance and context of the RESSEEPE activities. This approach has a number of benefits for CU and the RESSEEPE project with students gaining a greater awareness of the proposed activities on the estate as well as experiencing a real life scenario based project brief.

Additional information can be fund through associated routes such:

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BIM in a Whole Life Concept

(Exercise support content contained in this article. These articles are developed to support flipped learning approach so some comments are present to direct higher education discussion)

A better understand of BIM considers BIM beyond the concept and design phase of a project. BIM utilised to its best opportunity will consider the whole life of a building, asset or project. The BIM package or Asset Information Model (AIM) can be harnessed to facilitate better data management and data access not only for the design and construction phase but additionally the client and asset/facilities management phase of ownership. And once the building comes to end of life the AIM provides the opportunity to harness valuable asset data to ensure a better informed reuse or demolition phase. This whole life instills a circular strategy in the utilisation of the BIM or AIM.

Flipped session:

Watch these two videos

Discussion:

  • Consider the impact of BIM during the refurbishment of a building or project
  • What are the potential benefits in using or BIM as a process in refurbishment?
  • What are the potential benefits of having an AIM model in regards to the whole life of a building?
  • What specific information could be utilised in the Opex (operational expense, operational expenditure) or ongoing running costs phase of a project by building management teams?
  • What is more important reducing Capex or reducing Opex costs and how does the impact differ depending on stakeholder standpoint?
  • From the videos what impact does a whole life approach have on data retention?
  • What are the issues with multiple sources of information? (The Crossrail article refers to a ‘single source of truth’)
  • Considering previous flipped content on recycling of waste how can an AIM support the process?
  • If using BIM in the future what aspects would you adopt to assist you in a refurbishment project?

 

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