Hit the ceiling when opening up design potential

A new package is enabling architects, designers and specifiers to reach new heights in commercial interior design, whilst ensuring the space below is a comfortable working environment.

Through the package, Gilberts Blackpool can not only provide the ventilation but can, through its internal resources, test and computer model the design to validate performance. Gilberts can, if required, offer design advice, accessorise the diffusers, or adjust their performance to ensure a functional strategy.

“The trend towards open ceilings has thrown into sharp relief the impact of building services design on the comfort levels within the occupied space,” observed Gilberts sales director, Ian Rogers.

“It isn’t a matter of just removing the ceiling and assuming the ventilation will perform the same. Without a ceiling, and without proper consideration and specification of the ventilation solution, you end up with ‘dumping’ of cool air onto occupants below, heat dissipating upwards, draughts, hot spots and cold spots.”

Gilberts produces a range of ceiling diffusers that deliver appropriate airflow for the space. Its latest swirls feature a copyrighted pattern of vanes to optimize omni-directional discharge.

The company has also developed a range of coanda plates to help ensure correct tracking of the incoming air without ‘dumping’, but which simultaneously compliment, or enhance, the overall interior design.

Further, using computation fluid dynamics (CFD) software, Gilberts can run the proposed ventilation/air movement design to validate its performance according to air changes, air quality, temperature. Appropriate adjustments can then be made to the strategy if required, and retested, to ensure the target performance criteria will be met once the ventilation is installed and the building occupied.

Through its own test laboratory, it can validate the ventilation performance, and execute finite adjustments to achieve the required levels.

“Combined, our services ensure we can give our partners the peace of mind that the ventilation will perform as specified, eliminating the risk of time-consuming and potentially expensive retrospective alterations once the space is occupied and workers find they are sat in draughts,” added Ian Rogers.

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