place : architecture has been appointed by Lincoln City Council to carry out a study to investigate the causes of overheating in The Terrace Business Centre, and to propose options for remedial work to improve environmental conditions in the building.
Working with specialist energy assessors Greenlite, existing conditions in the building have been modelled using thermal modelling software following a detailed analysis of the building’s fabric, design, services installations and use patterns. Using this modelling data a number of options have been investigated which aim to meet an agreed set of standards for internal environmental comfort. All the options include solutions for reducing the amount of solar gain through windows and the large areas of Reglit glass channel cladding which has been the principal cause of the overheating, along with improving ventilation to the affected spaces. Combinations of remedial internal insulation in the Reglit cladding, part /complete replacement cladding and brise soleil have been tested, along with both heat recovery mechanical ventilation and new louvred vents and window opening lights. The building is in an historically sensitive location in Lincoln’s Cultural Quarter near to the new County Museum and the Usher Gallery, and has prominent views to Lincoln Cathedral. The options have been developed following initial consultation with City Council planning officers and any preferred options will be developed to detail design stage through consultation with planners and Historic England.