Project Description


State-of-the-art natural ventilation at a state-of-the-art learning facility


The School of Engineering building at the University of Birmingham is a brand new state-of-the-art 12,000 sqm facility, spanning across five floors featuring a double-height atrium.

The  46.5M development brings together many engineering disciplines from across the University. The building’s contemporary and flexible design enables collaborative working between academics, researchers, students and staff.


Dyer provided natural ventilation within offices and meeting rooms around the facility. Dyer supplied and installed a total of 98 intelligent CDC chain drives, one per window:

74 of these drives are concealed within the frames of bottom hung open inward windows, with specially manufactured flexible chains to allow the sash to open without clashing with the chain.

24 drives are surface mounted, operating top hung outward opening windows, with a larger opening stroke.

Advanced Communication Bus (ACB) allows our D+H drives to communicate with the BMS directly via Modbus without additional control panels, which provides true feedback on their opening and conditions. It significantly reduces wiring, installation effort and costs, and makes it possible to specify direct control of the drives down to the millimetre.

Brackets and drives were powder coated to match the window framework, providing a seamless finish.




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The @SmokeContAssoc are a supporter of the @FireSafetyEvent and will be speaking at the event. The SCA stand number is 4/M118. As members of the SCA, Dyer are looking forward to representing on the stand. More info can be found here - #FireSafety #FSE2021
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- 2 days ago

Dyer supplied and installed 18 CDC chain drives for EN 12101-2 certified natural smoke vents at Brigade Court, London. Information on the window drives used can be found on our site -
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- 5 days ago

Dyer's case studies provide insight into the range of solutions we offer. See details on our natural day-to-day, natural smoke and mechanical smoke ventilation systems -
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- 8 days ago

Mechanical smoke ventilation uses fans to extract smoke laden air and replaces it with clean fresh air via windows and roof vents. Dyer provide excellent service when supplying, installing and commissioning these systems. Details can be found here -
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- 13 days ago

@BarbourNews: @DyerEnvironment provided a sophisticated and complex system for the mechanical smoke ventilation for two blocks of apartments at No.1 Old Trafford. Find out more here: #Dyer #ventilation #ventilationsystems
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