Urban Science Building

Client: Newcastle University

Let by: NG Bailey

Control Solutions: Tridium Niagara 4, Siemens Desigo CC, Siemens Gamma KNX and DALI

Scope of works: Detailed design, supply, installation, control and programming of lighting and BMS controls.

Located in the north-east of England, Newcastle University plays an active role in the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) – a collaborative initiative to coordinate research activities in the fields of infrastructure and cities across academia combined with close collaboration with industry and government.

The ‘building as a lab’ concept was fundamental to the BMS and lighting control design and IBT Controls experience and knowledge of the two disciplines was fundamental to the building architecture and to our contract award on the project.

To integrate the lighting controls, HVAC floor controls, plant controls and specialist 3rd party systems such as meteorological weather stations onto one system that allowed data to be passed from one to another, enabling optimum demand based energy usage and monitoring, required a detailed knowledge of a number of control solutions and protocols.

Over 3000 KNX-compatible devices, detectors, actuators and controllers were used. All appropriate sensors and actuators in the field were aggregated to have direct control and influence over the plant, ensuring energy efficiency in line with BS EN 15232 rated A.

Each point within the system is integrated into the Siemens PX controllers via the BACnet protocol. The Siemens controllers monitor and control the plant that includes rainwater harvesting, rainwater gardens, renewable energy generation, water source heat pumps and heat recovery and exchange plant, to ensure optimum demand and environmental plant response.

This was an innovative project we were proud to be a part of.

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