Stirling Prize finalist features innovative underfloor heating
A building that made it to the finals of the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize, awarded for great architecture, has featured some amazingly innovative features, including an underfloor heating system.
The building, located two miles outside Cambridge, incorporates a nursery and a community centre.
Its innovative ventilation is provided by a specially built underground labyrinth designed to keep the building cool during the summer months and to draw fresh air in.
The amount of daylight and, to some extent, heat that enters can be regulated using the drop blinds that cover every window. During colder months, heating will be provided by underfloor heating.
This underfloor heating system draws its power from a central heat and power plant, which is part of the CORE project. It provides hot water to properties within the North West Cambridge Development, some of which is used for heating.
This includes the Stirling Prize-nominated Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, which is 2,248.00 meters square. Heating it could be challenging and, potentially, expensive. Electric underfloor heating is extremely efficient, which is one of the reasons it is being used more in public buildings. There will also be times when only parts of the building are in use. Again, underfloor heating is an effective solution because it is easy to turn sections of the system on and off.
The Community Hall has a high ceiling. These rooms are notoriously difficult to keep warm. The heat produced by an underfloor heating system is the radiant type. This type of heat rises evenly from the floor up, which means it will fill the whole space. A fact that ensures the bottom part of the room is always the warmest part.
Underfloor heating is featuring more heavily now in award-winning projects and new builds.