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Article Date: 4th April 2016

Gilberts of Blackpool - Merging Theory & Practice

Natural Ventilation - University of Nottingham - Air Movement Specialist

Gilberts Test Lab

The role of natural ventilation in the built environment is being taken from theory into practice for students at University of Nottingham.

As part of BEng and MEng degrees in Architectural Environment Engineering, the Faculty of Engineering has utilised the external expertise of Roy Jones, Technical Director at Britain’s leading independent air movement specialist Gilberts (Blackpool) Ltd.

Thus 80 students on the courses have benefitted from lectures by Roy Jones, supplemented by video learning, reviewing smoke and air movement tests undertaken in Gilberts’ bespoke in-house test laboratory.

“Students need to understand how the theory is put into practice, and that what they do can make the difference between a building that works, or one that fails to give its occupants a fresh, ambient environment,” explained organiser of the lectures and University of Nottingham assistant professor in the Department of Architecture & Built Environment, Benjamin Jones.

“Roy’s many years of experience within the air distribution industry gives him the ability to fully understand how ventilation strategies are put together; he sits on numerous industry committees for BSi, HEVAC and CIBSE, so is recognised and acknowledged as an expert in the field. Our students can only benefit from the opportunity to gain even some of Roy’s knowledge. They will go into the work environment armed with suitable awareness of their input and impact on the buildings of the future.”

Added Roy, “As buildings become more airtight and act like sealed envelopes, and as energy efficiency and low carbon emissions grow more important, good ventilation is crucial to a building’s success. Buildings are occupied by people, and people need to breathe! My lectures aim to help students understand that, and how the theory can be put into practice, using simple tools or the latest technology, including physical testing or computational software.” 

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