LOM Architecture and Design has recently completed a landmark project for Muscat — the National Bank of Oman, designed to reflect the local architectural language and respond to regional environmental challenges.
In doing so, LOM partnered with Buro Happold to incorporate a series of sustainable features that ensure the building will consume 65 percent of the electricity of comparable buildings in the Omani port capital.
The substantial reduction in electricity usage will be achieved through various specific measures, the architects said in a statement, including the use of LED lighting with efficient controls throughout, the design of a facade that is sympathetic to the local environment, the integration of high-efficiency thermal wheels, the design of ductwork and risers to ensure low specific fan power, the incorporation of variable speed fan coil units, the use of variable speed pumping, and the sourcing of all principal facade materials from the local area.
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.
It continued, “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.”