UP Engineering 4.0 facility

UP Engineering 4.0 facility
Pretoria - South Africa

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Period: 2018 - 2020
Application: School / University
Plant type: Hydronic System
Cooling capacity: 1086
Heating capacity: 1182
Installed machines: 3 X NECS-Q 1314
The iconic 6,800 m² new UP Engineering 4.0 facility of the University of Pretoria’s Experimental Farm campus is an expansion of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Civil Engineering, providing a new home for the Civil Engineering concrete and timber laboratories. In addition, the building also includes the new National road materials referencing testing laboratory and a training laboratory for the South African National Roads Agency, as well as a multi-volume foyer that will link the building to future phases as the School of Engineering expands even further.

UP Engineering 4.0 is comprised of a variety of spaces, each requiring different and room-specific design conditions. The design challenge was therefore to ensure the individual laboratory needs were met, while also providing the most sustainable design possible.

The HVAC system involves a central air-cooled chilled and hot water generation plant as the cooling and heating source, located at the ground level. It is based on 3 INTEGRA NECS-Q air source multi-purpose units, Climaveneta branded. Using a 4-pipe system reduced the baseline HVAC electrical energy usage by 68% with an estimated payback period of 3.9 years, without any local CO₂ emissions.
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