Evaporative Cooling Case Studies
Cooling the Play Centre
Jungle Mania, in Sheffield, is a modern child play facility. Build to modern building standards it is a well insulated and sealed building. As a direct consequence of this it is a very low cost building to keep warm during winter months but temperatures can rise to an uncomfortable level during the summer.
This is a busy play centre which, in addition to the activity equipment has a restaurant and associated catering and cooking equipment.
A single EcoCooler was roof mounted. This
provides a constant flow of cooled air to the
main building. Comfort levels are improved
- Increasing the ventilation rate
- Reducing the temperature
- Raising the humidity level
It is generally considered comfortable if the temperature is below 25°C. In the UK the maximum temperature of the air coming from an evaporative cooler is 22°C.
EcoCoolers are installed as part of a balanced ventilation scheme. Air enters the building through the EcoCooler and is exhausted using, in this case, a powered extract fan.
Modern building regulations stipulate a relatively high minimum ventilation rate dependent upon the occupancy levels. In many cases the implications of this is that a mechanical ventilation system has to be installed in addition to a refrigeration based cooling system. An EcoCooling installation fulfils both of these requirements at a fraction of the installation cost. The environmental benefits of EcoCooling are;
- Lower carbon impact: A cooling system will typically use 85% less electricity than a refrigeration based system
- No refrigerants: Substances which are potentially damaging to the environment are avoided. A constant supply of fresh, clean air is provided using the natural process of evaporative cooling.