Alrewych Court Residential Care Home
Project title: Alrewych Court Residential Care Home
Location: West Midlands
Service: Retrofitting Smoke Control
The dangers of overly-warm conditions to the elderly are well-documented, with risk of stroke and death increasing over 25 °C. That’s why hot corridors in care homes – where services are run through corridors spaces and modern architecture promotes airtightness and solar gain – are such a danger.
Alrewych Court care home was found to often have temperatures in the high thirties, so M&E contractor Regal turned to Group SCS’s Building Automation division to devise a cost-effective solution that would make residents safer and more comfortable.
The actuators were linked to an intelligent control system which used a series of temperature sensors to dictate when and where within the building to open/close windows, thus affecting airflow and helping to control temperature.
For easier and more cost-effective maintenance of the system, our “Eyeball” system of wireless remote monitoring was employed, allowing SCS operatives to see system issues in real-time and even undertake service works without the need for site visits.
The temperature sensors used as part of this natural ventilation project were also employed as data-loggers, to enable us to prove the effectiveness of the system.
While previous corridor temperatures at the care home had been recorded in the high thirties, with the new system in place an average temperature of 23.79°C was recorded, with relatively minor fluctuations about this point.
Retrofitting a natural ventilation system by using of a series of actuators
Actuators are linked to an intelligent control system which uses a series of temperature sensors to dictate when and where within the building to open/close windows
Temperature sensors used as part of this natural ventilation project were also employed as data-loggers
Employing Group SCS's “Eyeball” system of wireless remote monitoring
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