As regular air-tightness testing advisors to Miller Construction, Stroma Tech was commissioned to undertake the air-tightness testing of Soar Valley College, Leicester.
This ‘Exceptional Centre of Learning’ was developed under the government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme; an initiative providing UK authorities with funds to invest in the educational needs of all students. As one of four educational developments to benefit from Leicester’s £235 million BSF grant, Soar Valley was built to provide 1,275 pupils with high-tech facilities in strictly sustainable surroundings.
Designed to a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’, the college possesses extensive renewable installations, including solar thermal hot water, photovoltaic panels, a wind turbine, and large biomass boiler. With mixed-mode ventilation and a high-efficiency heat recovery system, the development achieves 20% of its energy generation on-site whilst sustaining a low-energy consumption level.
Stroma Tech was commissioned by Miller Construction to ensure that the college achieved its air-tightness target of 5m3/hr.m2 @ 50 Pa. From the outset of the project, our team of expert air-tightness testers provided design consultation and advice. Following a comprehensive design review, Stroma conducted a series of detailed onsite audits, in order to identify any problems during the construction process. After paying a final visit to the school one week prior to the test, to ensure all preparations were complete, Stroma Tech performed a UKAS accredited air-tightness test.