In order for the market to develop and deliver the ventilation solutions tailored to the needs of schools and other dedicated buildings, the Oslo and Bergen municipalities held an innovation competition. One of the winners is Caverion’s solution called ClimaCeil
Caverion and manufacturer Systemair both received award for innovative ventilation solutions in educational and health buildings. Award was granted by the Oslo Municipal Undertaking for Educational Buildings and Property and Bergen Municipality.
“Many schools and dedicated buildings that are renovated present challenges in joining new and old ventilation systems
. Oslo and Bergen wanted the market to come up with innovative solutions for better indoor environment
in schools, nursing homes and daycare facilities. One of the conditions was that the technology conforms to passive-house standards
,” says Educational Buildings’ Section Manager Magnar Skår
Like a Lego set
Caverion’s solution is called ClimaCeil and can be compared to a Lego building set. That is, the various parts are made in advance, so that they can quickly be assembled on the construction site, if a standard base installation is in place.
Caverion Technology and Development Director Jens Petter Burud
explains that ClimaCeil is an end-to-end technical solution that gathers all the technical installations in one place, including ventilation, electrical and ICT cables, and sprinklers and pipes.
“Through the development project we are going to further customise the product for school buildings, especially with respect to noise and fire requirements. With large parts of the technology in the same pathway, prefabricated modules and well-planned production, one can imagine that a classroom can be finished in one day.”
Since ClimaCeil is assembled in modules, it’s flexible. “This makes it easy to move, remove, or set up interior walls in a way that results in great savings on alterations that may occur during the course of the building's life-cycle,” said Burud.
Caverion Sales and Marketing Director Roar Andersen
is pleased that the goal of the competition was not to build the cheapest school, but to build the school that provided the lowest possible cost during the building’s life cycle, including operation and maintenance.
“We now see a positive trend in which the traditional pattern of undertaking construction projects is about to be changed, even in the public sector,” said Andersen.
"This is a great recognition of our development work on the products, where better management of ventilation systems is important for both indoor environment and energy use, not least in schools,” said Systemair Marketing Director Sturla Ingebrigtsen
Increased productivity for the pupils
The innovative ventilation solutions will not just benefit the municipalities, but also the pupils at the various schools. A comprehensive research project conducted by Dr. Ragnhild Wiik
in collaboration with Caverion found that optimal indoor environment increases productivity.
“The psychosocial environment has been given a lot of attention for many years, but our findings show that air quality is just as important for productivity. The indoor environment must be seen as a factor in successfully carrying out intellectual work,” Wiik maintains.
Figures from the NAV show that a poor indoor environment costs society NOK 1.9 billion a year, in the form of spending on sick leave and disability associated with asthma.