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Getting the Hots for Education

A ‘wet’ underfloor heating system has been installed as part of an M&E package at the new Further Education building for West Suffolk College

Located on the college’s campus in Bury St Edmunds, the new FE building is the main focus of all FE provision and provides improved study facilities as well as student support and recreational opportunities.

With a focus on energy efficiency, the building’s £1.9 million M&E works included a natural ventilation system, biomass boiler, domestic services, heating, air conditioning and full building management system.

Gaia’s underfloor heating system was installed by specialist contractor, Kershaw Mechanical Services throughout the ground floor of the new building which comprises a social seating area, shop and drop-in computer station.

Gaia wet underfloor heating system uses water at low temperatures where it is circulated through a series of continuous pipe loops laid within a screed or between timber joists beneath the floor surface. The pipe loops for each room (or zone) all run from and back to the system manifold.

“Underfloor heating is ideal for use in large open plan areas as the heat is distributed evenly throughout the area,” explained John Pritchard, Project Manager. “The Gaia system is well-proven and reliable and the technical assistance offered by them helped ensure a trouble-free installation.”

Picture: The Gaia wet underfloor system has been used to good effect at West Suffolk College

Article written by Mike Gannon

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