Using less energy to achieve consistency and comfort

Leicester Students Union – award-winning sustainability

The Percy Gee Students' Union at University of Leicester opened after a £17 million re-development project. It has since won a staggering 20 environmental awards and commendations; received a BREEAM 'excellent' rating; and won the Leicestershire Building of the Year award. It was the only UK finalist in the Global Greenbuild Competition. Wavin subsidiary Warmafloor was appointed to install the underfloor heating system.

Re-developing the Leicester University Student’s Union multi-use building was an ambitious project. It would reduce carbon impact; save energy; and improve the well-being of its users. Wavin subsidiary Warmafloor, the UK's largest surface heating and cooling provider, would install the under-floor system over 1,000m2 across multiple floors. It is the primary heating source for the student union, night club, café/bar, walkway and market place. Manifolds supplied with constant temperature from biomass boilers give almost 80kw output.

The Percy Gee building demonstrates building, design and engineering excellence. Every aspect has been carefully designed around the values of efficiency and sustainability.
Mike Lamb , Managing Director, Warmafloor

Polybutylene heating pipes will last much longer than copper or steel radiator pipes which require regular repair to joints that leak, attract scale and decay.

As well as reducing CO2 and saving of up to 40% in energy, it gives more floor space too – eliminating the need for radiators. It also combats heat loss through glass by radiating warmth across the entire floor surface. This delivers an even temperature in the bottom two metres of rooms, where it is needed most.

Mike Lamb, Managing Director of Warmafloor: “The Percy Gee building is a tangible demonstration of building, design and engineering excellence. Every aspect has been carefully designed around the values of efficiency and sustainability.”

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