Science, Engineering and Environment Building

Natural and Smoke Ventilation at The University of Salford’s state-of-the-art SEE Building

Usage Education & Culture
Solution Natural Ventilation, Natural Smoke Ventilation
Construction year 2022
Architect Sheppard Robson


The University of Salford’s new Science, Engineering and Environment Building features testing and lab facilities, lecture theatres, study areas, offices, and a double-height workshop / testing facility. Large windows and an impressive atrium flood the spaces with natural light.

Modbus Enabled Window Drives

D+H UK supplied, installed and commissioned 411 chain drives and 143 lock drives. All drives are controlled via the Building Management System, utilising the inbuilt Modbus technology.

Modbus provides bi-directional communication on a single cable, significantly reducing wiring effort/cost.

Window Types

Side-hung and bottom-hung windows provide controlled day-to-day ventilation, bringing fresh clean air into the whole building.

29 of the windows are dual-purpose EN 12101-2 certified NSHEVs (Natural Smoke & Heat Exhaust Ventilators).

Lock drives are present within 143 windows located throughout the building, providing extra security through automated multi-point window locking.

A seamless window design has been achieved by matching RAL coloured drives and brackets with the window profiles.

Smoke Control

Two D+H multi-zone EN 12101-10 certified control panels operate all of the windows and ensure the NSHEVs operate in the event of a fire.

NSHEVs in the affected area will automatically open, drawing smoke and gasses out.

This system will keep escape and emergency routes clear, and provide smoke-free space for fire-fighting.

Natural Ventilation Operation

The movement of fresh, clean air vastly improves the quality of air throughout this spectacular educational facility.

These smart multi-purpose systems support the health, wellbeing and concentration of students and staff alike.

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Used products

D+H SHEV control panel modular CPS-M1-S

SHEV control panel
230 V AC / 50 Hz
24 V DC
To the product
D+H chain drive CDC-0252-0350-1-ACB-R

Chain drive
24 V DC / 0.6 A
250 N
350 mm
To the product
D+H chain drive CDC-0252-0500-1-ACB-R

Chain drive
24 V DC / 0.8 A
250 N
500 mm
To the product

VCD 203
Chain drive
24 V DC / 0.35 A
200 N
250 mm
To the product
D+H chain drive VCD 204

VCD 204
Chain drive
24 V DC / 0.35 A
200 N
250 mm - 350 mm
To the product
D+H window locking drive FRA 11-BSY+

Window locking drive
24 V DC / 1 A
To the product

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