11 2014

ARUP building

Improving energy efficiency and thermal comfort

Situated in the heart of the city of Cambridge in Essex, the ARUP building is a three storey, 1960’s concrete built structure providing multi-use spaces including commercial offices, large lecture theatres and a museum. Following a full energy report the building was in need of desperate refurbishment and upgrading to improve energy efficiency and thermal comfort for the building users.

Designed by Nicholas Hare Architects the refurbishment made use of the thermal mass benefit of concrete. Problematic for the top floor level where, due to the loading constraints that would have been placed on the structure, they could not install a precast concrete roof deck. Following thermal calculations by consultants Buro Happold, the ThermaCool Panel provided the lightweight thermal mass solution needed for the 900m² floor area.