The structure of the RSPCA's new headquarters building is designed to have a large inherent thermal inertia. Detailed thermal modelling contributed to decisions on building orientation and footprint, and on the location and size of glazed areas.
For much of the year, comfort conditions in the open plan areas are achieved through natural ventilation. High efficiency systems were designed for heating and the mechanical ventilation required for cellular offices.
Daylight modelling optimized the building's daylighting capability. Energy efficient light sources have local switching and are controlled for daylight dimming and absence detection.
The greywater recycling system will enable the future use of photovoltaics for powering the pumping station.