LOM Architecture completes energy efficient bank project in Muscat
LOM Architecture and Design has completed a project for the National Bank of Oman in Muscat that has been designed to significantly reduce energy consumption
LOM Architecture and Design has completed a project for the National Bank of Oman in Muscat that has been designed to significantly reduce energy consumption.
LOM partnered with Buro Happold to incorporate a series of sustainable features that ensure the building will consume 65% of the electricity of comparable buildings in the Omani port capital, according to DesignMENA.com.
The building uses LED lighting with efficient controls, integrates high-efficiency thermal wheels, and uses variable speed pumping, while all principal facade materials were sourced from the local area to accommodate the regional environment.
Ductwork and risers for the project were also designed to ensure low specific fan power, incorporating variable speed fan coil units to maintain energy usage.
Buro Happold undertook the preliminary audit to predict the energy use of the building.
“This reflects the quality of the building design and its internal environment,” read a statement released by LOM.
“As a comparison, this figure is only marginally higher than the typically expected electrical consumption for a Grade A office building in the UK, where cooling demands are minimal.
“As lighting, pumps and fans are some of the largest consumers of energy within a building, focusing on how these can best be integrated into the overall design has brought significant benefits, underpinned by an effective controls strategy,” the statement added.