By December 5, 2018 Read More →

New school is top of the class for energy efficiency and learning

Lighting controls specialist B.E.G. has enabled a new London free school to achieve its energy efficiency ambitions and provide an enhanced learning environment for its pupils.

B.E.G has been selected to supply presence and motion sensors for John Keats Primary Free School, which will be used to ensure the building is fully energy efficient as well as a compelling learning environment, thanks to the dual benefits of B.E.G’S complete lighting flexibility.

The lighting needed to be automated and adjustable, with different areas requiring different lighting levels and timings, and the additional need that areas were only lit when occupied in order to save energy and reduce costs.

The sensors selected from B.E.G.’s KNX product range included the PD11-KNX FLAT FC and the PD4 KNX C FC.

The super-flat PD11 sensor was selected for the classrooms and other rooms, including the headmaster’s office, as it is less than 1mm thick, making it one of the flushest and most discreet sensors on the market.

The classrooms have been set up to operate in Semi-Automatic mode (sometimes referred to as Absence Detection). This means the lights and the detector must be turned on with a wall switch.

The lights then set their brightness levels automatically and will continue to operate until there is enough natural day light or no occupancy is present in the room. Reading the level of daylight in the room, the PD11 automatically adjusts the luminaires to the required level to make sure the lighting level is always enough and make maximum use of natural light.

For the corridor areas of the school, which run nearly the entire length of the two floors, the PD4 KNX C FC was selected. The product is specifically designed to cover long corridors and so fewer devices were required to achieve full coverage, resulting in a reduction in time and further cost savings for the school.

John Keats Primary Free School opened to reception pupils in September 2018, and occupies the first two floors of a new residential development in South Bermondsey, London. Eventually, it will cater to 42- pupils through to year six.


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