Ryparken Lille Skole, Denmark.
Too many windows, on the other hand, and the building’s users may freeze in the cold winter months. That is, of course, unless the windows are properly insulated. This is one of the challenges for architects working in seasonal climates: how to ensure good indoor climate while providing adequate daylight throughout the year?
A key component is to have proper, thermally insulated windows and skylights with double glazing as a minimum. By modern standards, the single-pane glass of the existing windows in Ryparken Lille Skole was a veritable thermal bridge, allowing heat to haemorrhage through the roof.
With the highly effective thermal properties of their new triple-paned VELUX modular skylights, however, letting in plenty of daylight in winter no longer means plummeting temperatures and sky-high heating bills.
Fresh air through the roof
Insulation is only part of the story. To help maintain good CO₂ levels and pleasant summer temperatures you also need access to fresh air – particularly in a building like Ryparken Lille Skole, where facade windows are limited. To ensure effective ventilation of the classrooms, one key goal for the project was to create a large vented area.
VELUX modular skylights provide the optimal ventilation solution, with 12 venting modules installed in the project. This allows for significant levels of ventilation, while increasing the comfort, health, wellbeing and performance of pupils.