Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP

Environmental Upgrading of Student Accommodation

the project

Faithorn Farrell Timms has been appointed by Mapletree, a Singapore based property company who own and manage a £20bn property portfolio worldwide, to review one of their sites in Oxford. This 38 bedroom student accommodation requires environmental upgrades to improve the property EPC rating concurrent with window replacement and appraisal of the mechanical services throughout the building.

our role

We are leading the team, which includes M&E engineers, in the inspection and assessment of the building. The initial review has established that the building was constructed in two phases. The ground, first and second floors are believed to be of 1970's construction whilst the upper mansard level was constructed in 1999.

Working with our M&E sub-consultant, and reviewing the "U" values for the insulation properties required by these two different periods of construction, we have built up a model of the building from which its existing energy properties can be assessed. We are now working with our client to finalize the improvements required with thermally broken double glazing, cavity insulation and photo voltaic panels being considered.

the challenges

Assessing the thermal properties of a building constructed long ago was challenging in the absence of the original construction information.

the solution

Consulting the Local Authority planning information helped in establishing the age of the various phases comprising the overall building and this could be cross referenced to the Building Regulations at the time to identify the expected levels of insulation.