Operational considerations for the entirety of a refurbishment project
Applying practical expertise is important in a refurbishment project. Where one commercial project may benefit from a building remaining in operation throughout the duration of a project, another may wish to have a swifter installation process outside of opening hours. Both options are possible and how long a project takes will be part of any operational decision making, influenced by cost and safety regulations.
Maximising natural light and fresh air inside a commercial building can be two of many factors associated to a successful refurbishment. The measurement of success on a project can also include ensuring buildings such as train stations, schools or sports facilities are in operation as much as possible. This in-turn can impact local authorities positively, while helping to reduce cost.
Maintenance of rooflight refurbishment
Regular maintenance and repair can extend the service life of your roof components. It may be that one of the goals of a refurbishment is to provide better roof access than was previously available. Thorough surveys of existing roofs are essential to identify all possible issues.
Beyond regulatory requirements
The specification and installation of daylighting and ventilation solutions provides an opportunity to address any performance concerns and think about sustainability. When refurbishing a building, planning in relation to thermal control, sustainability and occupant wellbeing can have positive long-term results.
Creating a comfortable environment for those who occupy a commercial building should be part of a project completion goal. Ensuring manufacturing standards and lux level requirements for industrial spaces such as warehouses, where machinery is being used is an additional planning consideration. Education facilities also benefit from a reduction in glare and even light distribution throughout a classroom.
A train passing through Almere Centrum Railway Station in the Netherlands.
Fire safety and ventilation control
In the event of a fire, smoke can be the biggest risk for building users. Smoke and heat exhaust ventilation (SHEV) is provided by automatic opening vents (AOVs) designed, tested and CE-marked in accordance with EN 12101-2:2003. This is a critical area of rooflight refurbishment specification to consider. Working with a trusted manufacturer who can provide expert advice on how their tested components meet fire performance requirements gives a greater understanding on protective measures. A successful refurbishment can achieve better rates of controlled ventilation without decreasing energy efficiency.
VELUX Commercial has a full range of daylight solutions available. This includes dome and flat glass rooflights, continuous rooflights, and glass roof systems. We provide flexibility in design and offer a range of accessories to meet your needs.
With us, you'll receive support for the entirety of a building refurbishment project. Support ranges from product selection to technical advice, installation and post-sales service. We help ensure your construction project stays on track. Our expert knowledge and continued support make VELUX Commercial your preferred partner for daylight and ventilation solutions. Download our refurbishment whitepaper to learn more.