“Fabric first” approach to data centre building design 16 Nov 2022

“Fabric first” approach to data centre building design optimises thermal performance of external walls, roofs and floors whenever feasible.

When introducing glazed areas and shading devices according to orientation in addition to enhanced U-values, the building façade becomes more resilient to heat gains and losses, in line with the energy hierarchy principle to reduce energy demand in the first place.

studioNWA have been making investments in its own sustainability capabilities, including software that can assist in the transition from “design intention to measuring” the various elements that affect thermal performance of the building fabric and associated carbon emissions.


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