Grammar School in Melbourne
Onyx Solar has completed a new project in Melbourne, Australia. In this case, the Melbourne Grammar School has chosen Onyx Solar’s PV glass for the skylights of its new building, the Geoff Handbury Science and Technology Hub.
The skylights integrate 37 units of amorphous Silicon glass with a standard size of 1,245x635 mm and a 20% transparency, contributing to the modern and beautiful new construction designed by Denton Corker Marshall Architecture studio.
FEASIBILITY STUDY OF AMORPHOUS SILICON PHOTOVOLTAIC SKYLIGHT IN SYDNEY
Reduction in HVAC energy demands
Internal Rate of Return
- Total Area - 29 M2
- Electricity generated in 35 years - 37,840 kWh
- Total lighting points operating 4 hours per day in 35 years - 74 lighting points
- CO2 emmisions avoided in 35 years - 25 Tons of CO2
- Barrels of oil saved in 35 years - 22 barrels per m2
The total area of PV integration is about 30 m2 leading a nominal power of 1.0 kWp. The installation is expected to reduce HVAC demand by 52%, with a payback period of fewer than two years and allows recovering up to 55 times the investment in a 30 years period.
The Geoff Handbury, Science, and Technology Hub, is an innovative piece of architecture in both performance and appearance. Aesthetically, it is a singular, clear and simple structural form, sympathetic to the campus heritage. Internally, the building supports the scientific and technology-driven investigations carried out by the students and encourages creativity, learning, and social interaction.
The Melbourne Grammar School is one of Australia’s leading independent schools, with a tradition of excellence extending over more than 160 years.
Denton Corker Marshall is an international architecture practice established in Melbourne in 1972. It was founded by architects John Denton, Bill Corker, and Barrie Marshall. While Melbourne remains the design base, the firm has additional practices in London, Manchester, and Jakarta with over 510 projects in 37 different countries.
The construction of this building was awarded to Kane Constructions, a privately owned Australian commercial construction company active in all sectors of the industry, with a turnover more than $800 million and over 400 full-time employees.
Pictures courtesy of John Gollings http://www.gollings.com.au/