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Breathing Wall Construction, EcoSpace, Lauder College, Dunfermline, Fife


Introduction

EcoSpace is an extension to the existing campus at Lauder College in Dunfermline.

The extension comprises 3,000m2 of new accommodation along the southern edge of the existing 1970s main building and houses new wood and furniture workshops, an organic café and facilities for students with learning difficulties.

Description

The wood workshops would typically be fully mechanically ventilated. Low energy design proposals were developed so that air quality could be maintained as follows:

  • the spaces are generally naturally ventilated using openable rooflights
  • additional “process ventilation” removes contaminants at source, for example, wood dust from the machinery and chemicals from the paint spray booth; and maintains indoor air quality in deep plan spaces
  • natural materials have been used throughout to promote a healthy interior through improved air quality. The primary structure is local Douglas Fir timber and the whole extension is clad in timber
  • the external walls are of “breathing wall” construction, which allows air movement through the structure by avoiding the use of plastic damp proof membranes.

Project team

Lauder College

RMJM Scotland Ltd

Further information

lauder.ac.uk/homepage/ecospace.cfm

rmjm.com