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'Take off' for HKR's Bournemouth Airport terminal

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[FIRST LOOK] HKR has been given the go-ahead for this new £2.5 million arrivals terminal for Bournemouth Airport

Due to start on site this summer, the low-carbon facility will serve both international and domestic passengers and features 6m-high passenger areas.

According to the practice this height will allow ‘natural ventilation and cooling’ and ties in with the aim of making the airport building carbon neutral by 2015.

HKR’s energy reduction factfile

Height: To effectively ventilate the spaces where lots of people congregate, height has been used to make sure the stack effect can induce natural ventilation. These 6m-high spaces will not require mechanical cooling.

North Facing Roof lights: There are three reasons for north facing rooflights. First, a typical arrival terminal uses more energy in cooling than in heating. By using north facing roof lights, the building benefits from natural daylight without any heat gain. South facing glazing has been minimised. Second, the prevailing wind is from the south west, and this orientation will assist wind driven ventilation. Finally, the roof lights have a south-facing slope, perfect for future installations of solar panels and thermal water heating tubes.

Efficient heating system: The office servicing element of the building can run as efficiently as possible, using a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system incorporating heat pump technology. In effect unwanted heat can be removed from one area to provide heating to another.
Lighting: A high proportion of the energy in use for this building is generated from the lighting. By using systems which direct the light where it is needed, at customer level, and that react to external lighting levels, maximum energy savings can be made.
Thermal Mass: By constructing the floor and walls from thermally heavy materials such as concrete and blockwork, a more stable internal temperature can be achieved.

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