One of the unique principles within the EpiCentre’s design is its effective usage of ‘solar gains’. By facing south, the building gets maximum natural sunlight all year round, which not only reduces lighting costs but also is thought to be a healthier condition to work in. The glazed ‘greenspace’ at the front of the building acts as a buffer against external temperatures and acts as an air conditioning system.
In the summer, warm air rises in the greenspace and escapes out of the windows. This air movement pulls cool air in from the north facing windows of the building thus creating a cool environment.
In winter sunlight heats up the air in the greenspace, which rises and travels through windows inside the EpiCentre. This air circulates and warms the building. Additional warmth is gained though energy efficient radiators placed at strategic points in the EpiCentre.
The combination of human, economic and environmental capital in building techniques allows equity, diversity, social improvement and regional development to remain in tune with the local community and surrounding area. This ultimately decreases the Environmental ‘footprint’ on the Earth’s resources, making the EpiCentre an example of ‘green’ sustainable design for everyone.