CIAT handles university challenge

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Published: 23 November 2020


ClimaCIAT units on site at the University of Leicester ClimaCIAT units on site at the University of Leicester

A new building at the heart of the University of Leicester campus has been equipped with a high-efficiency CIAT air handling system.

The Percy Gee Building is the university’s social and activity hub and home to the Students Union. The new four-storey addition includes a food court, dedicated Informatics Lab, high-tech media centre and a performance studio. 

Five ClimaCIAT air handling units (AHUs), installed by Enviroduct, provide comfort and fresh air for students and staff, with integrated heat recovery systems making use of energy that would otherwise be lost from the building for ambient space heating and hot water production.

The system includes three ClimaCIAT AirAccess 70 units, one ClimaCIAT AirAccess 10 unit and one ClimaCIAT AirTech 150 unit, all from the company’s flagship AHU range.

The Percy Gee Building at the University of Leicester

The building is designed to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of “Very Good.” Equipped with high efficiency EC fan motors and the latest heat recovery systems, the CIAT units helped the building achieve the required efficiency levels.

 “We proposed the CIAT solution as the equipment offers an excellent combination of build quality, reliability, environmental performance and competitive price point,” said Peter Bradshaw, Director of Enviroduct. “We were able to demonstrate that all requirements, including the challenging environmental targets, were fully met.”

One of the challenges on site was to accommodate the AirAccess 10 unit in a plant room with restricted space. To enable this, CIAT completely disassembled the AHU, enabling components to be transferred into the plant room and then rebuilt in the final position. 

More details on the ClimaCIAT range are available here.