Designed by NRAP Architects and completed in November 2014, EF Language School has already won two RIBA Regional Awards and the Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building category at the Cambridge Design & Construction Awards. An existing 20th Century villa was extended to provide a modern spacious teaching facility consisting of 20 naturally ventilated classrooms arranged around a central atrium.
Working to a mechanical and electrical brief by Max Fordham, Baulogic designed a comprehensive building management system for the site. The building is fitted with a PV array on the roof, and minimises its energy consumption through the use of passive ventilation within the teaching spaces and daylight-compensated motion-activated lighting. Baulogic’s KNX-based BMS controls the lighting, HVAC, and passive ventilation systems throughout the building according to an automated schedule and activity within each space, plus the levels of daylight, humidity, CO₂, wind and rain. The BMS optimises the students’ working environment by monitoring the CO₂ levels within the classrooms, and automatically opening fresh air vents to improve the air quality; thus ensuring that students stay fresh and alert throughout the day.