Project Description

Air Tightness
BREEAM
Thermographic Surveys

Project: Centre For Medicine, University of Leicester
Contractor: Willmott Dixon
Architect: Associated Architects
Service: BREEAM, Thermography, Air Tightness Consultancy & Testing to Entire Building and Floor Plenums

The £42M Centre For Medicine was the largest commercial building to date to reach Passivhaus standards. HRS were involved from an early design stage, employed directly by the University of Leicester, and advised on gaining BREEAM Excellent and Passivhaus air tightness standards alongside Associated Architects.

HRS’s involvement continued through to the construction phase for the main contractor Willmott Dixon. HRS acted as the project BREEAM assessor and the project is shortly to attain the ’Excellent’ rating required. Further air tightness consultancy, site advice and final air testing was also successfully completed for both the whole building and floor plenums which had to reach the onerous leakage rate of < 0.5l/sec/m2.

Finally, to gain an extra credit HRS carried out a thermal survey and from the results, assessed the continuity of insulation and risk of condensation to the internal surfaces.

Air Test carried out to Sample Panel - Leicester University