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THE HELICON BUILDING

THE HELICON BUILDING. LONDON. SHEPPARD ROBSON (1995)

BUILDING PRINCIPALS

The building consists of a single retail outlet on the ground floor with office accommodation on the
upper stories. The building supports thermal flues on the East and West Facades.

SYSTEM OPERATION

The double facade cavity has operable baffles at the head and base of the flue. The inner skin is
sealed. The office environment is serviced by static chilled ceilings and an air supplied floor
displacement system. Control through BMS.

At scheme design stage the design stipulations were set for a facade solar gain of a maximum of 75W/
m2. To achieve this the BMS also operates solar control louvers situated in the flue cavity which can
be lowered and tilt adjusted to control the solar gain.

BMS inputs incorporate: a) Flue Temperatures

b) Office Temperatures

c) Incident Solar Radiation

d) Office Photo Cells

•WINTER OPERATION: Head and base flue baffles closed. Flue acts as thermal buffer.

•SUMMER OPERATION: Flue vents moderate to full opening creating a convection stack that
minimises gain from the solar control blades.

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THE HELICON BUILDING

SOLAR GAIN: Blinds provide solar shading, absorb solar gain and enable views in and out.

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