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Top Choice Heating System for Top Choice School

"Having a top choice heating system is a necessary addition to our
new sports centre" Mr G E F Delaney, BA (Hons) PGCE Headmaster.
Building a state of the art sports centre, the St. Johns Beaumont School,
Jesuit preparatory school near Egham, looked for a heating system
that offered flexibility along-side superb efficiency. The solution was
found in leading supplier of heating systems AmbiRad’s Nor-Ray-Vac
- a radiant heating system that is so popular it has been installed in
over 700 sports halls in the UK.
St Johns Beaumont School’s new build sports centre is packed with a
host of features, including a 30ft climbing wall, indoor cricket facilities,
performing arts centre, rowing  room and a gymnasium alongside the
main athletics hall. Intended to double up as a venue for the school,the
hall has a cutting edge draping system that can instantly turn into a
marquee environment for plays, prize giving and more.
Owing to the multipurpose nature of the centre, heating choice was particularly important. To ensure energy efficiency, the system had to stand
alone from the school’s boilers, which function 24/7, and warm up quickly when needed. It also had to have superb temperature control, able to be
cool enough for athletic activities and hot enough to keep people warm during school events. The Nor-Ray-Vac system is so advanced that as well
as heating halls precisely, it can warm different areas according to need, for example keeping spectators warm and sports teams cool during athletic
It is the SmartCom³ controller that allows heating provision to be controlled accurately. A specialised micro processor, it lets users control heating
provision precisely,ensuring that the sports hall can be flexibly heated to meet any need, from sporting events to concerts and school proms.
The selected heating system was based around two radiant branches of the Nor- Ray-Vac system. Each was connected to a 32LR and 24LR burner.
These energy efficient units are capable of delivering excellent fuel savings of up to 60 % on alternative methods. Such energy efficiency is due to the
ingenious design of the system. By burning fuel at point of use, wasteful heat distribution is eliminated, along with the need for a separate plant area.
Nor-Ray-Vac radiant heating systems provide an excellent solution for sports halls. Mounted at ceiling height, they provide no obstruction for sporting
activities and can be covered with grilles for added protection. Their height provides no obstruction to their functioning, as they work by emitting
infrared rays, like the sun. These rays heat only the objects and people in their path, meaning that no energy is wasted warming the massive volume
of air within the hall.
The system works by drawing fresh air from ducts into the burners and heating system with a vacuum fan. To comply with the acoustic requirements
of BB93, a Department for Education and Skills mandate that specifies the acoustic performance of educational buildings, the fan was enclosed in
an acoustic shell. This ensured that the sports hall met the regulations stating that schools are quiet environments where staff and students are not
undermined by disturbance.
Completed, the sports centre is a prominent feature of St. Johns Beaumont School. Opened for the start of the new academic year by Her Majesty the
Queen, it has proved extremely popular with the students. Meeting the challenge of heating its large sports hall, the AmbiRad Nor-Ray-Vac system
provides the school with an energy efficient, cost effective and highly usable climate control system that is a top choice with specifiers across the UK.

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