Eco in Education
RMF were delighted to have been commissioned to assist with the refurbishment of the University of Brighton’s Cockcroft building in partnership with a major UK contractor. The University tasked the contractor with bringing together the expertise of their sub contractors to design a sustainable and functional building. Being experts in the field of raised access flooring and in particular recycled raised flooring we posed the suggestion to the contractor of installing our RMF Eco Range. As part of our design pitch we installed a sample area onto level 8 for the University teams to view and sign off, the aesthetic of an ‘industrial’ and unique feel was such a hit with the University teams that they opted to leave the floor uncovered for a truly bespoke finish.
RMF’s scope of works were as follows;
876 m2 - RMF Eco Range Medium Grade Raised Flooring
5m2 – Anti Static vinyl raised floor tiles
1st Floor Lecture Theatre
274m2 – RMF Eco Range Medium Grade Raised Flooring
1080 m2 - RMF Eco Range Medium Grade Raised Flooring
101 m2 – Heavy Grade Raised Flooring
1,150 m2 - RMF Eco Range Medium Grade Raised Flooring
13 m2 – Anti Static vinyl raised floor tiles
513 m2 - RMF Eco Range Medium Grade Raised Flooring
671m2 – Heavy Grade Raised Flooring
1,114 m2 - RMF Eco Range Medium Grade Raised Flooring
14 m2 – Anti Static vinyl raised floor tiles
1,241 m2 - RMF Eco Range Medium Grade Raised Flooring
13 m2 – Anti static vinyl raised floor tiles
458 m2 - RMF Eco Range Medium Grade Raised Flooring
667 m2 – Heavy Grade raised Flooring
644 m2 - RMF Eco Range Medium Grade Raised Flooring
13 m2 - Anti static vinyl raised floor tiles
The completion of each floor happened on a phased basis as the building remained in occupation throughout the fit out, RMF worked closely with the main contractor to ensure we worked efficiently and being mindful of other trades.
Using the RMF Eco Range contributed to reducing the overall carbon of the building and created a low energy building. The renovated building has A ‘Fabric first’ approach and incorporated thermal bridging analysis to make the building as air tight as possible, a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system was installed to prevent overheating in the summer and energy usage has reduced by 57%. Prior to construction energy modelling analysis of the building was completed and significantly informed the design, which predicts a 59% reduction in annual carbon emissions.
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