Lamilux lights up new passive business centre
An impressive assembly of passive-certified skylights is helping to ensure that the occupants of a unique new eco business centre in Oxfordshire can work in an indoor environment full of natural light.
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Designed by leading passive house architects Architype, Bicester Eco Business Centre is a one-of-a-kind hub providing 125 modern workspaces whilst supporting start-ups and small businesses.
It is part of the new North West Bicester eco-town, a development of over 6,000 sustainable homes. The landmark business centre, which opened its doors in October, is the first non-residential building in the UK to achieve the passive house ‘plus’ standard.
The plus standard rewards passive house projects that also generate a certain amount of on-site renewable energy.
LAMILUX UK Ltd supplied and installed a total of 25 glass skylights, smoke vents and access hatches for the building. These were comprised of 18 passive house certified (phA advanced component) Skylight FE units with an overall U-value of 0.84; six Glass Skylight FE3° smoke vents with a glazing U-value of 0.6 W/m2K; and one Skylight FE0° access hatch.
“The skylights not only bring daylight and fresh air into the building for a sense of wellbeing, but also provide smoke and heat exhaust ventilation for the safety of the tenants in the event of a fire,” Natalie Goodridge of LAMILUX UK told Passive House Plus.