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Lowther Hall Cultural Centre

Location: Essendon, VIC
Contractor: Custom Airconditioning Pty Ltd

Indirect Evaporative cooling is an ideal solution to the controlled introduction of fresh air for school assembly halls.

The Cultural Centre at Lowther Hall Grammar School is a place where the whole school can gather together as a community. This flexible space is used for performing arts classes and events, for the Junior School Perceptual Motor Program and for many parent evenings.
With the capacity for large groups, significant fresh air is needed and during the air conditioning upgrade, indirect evaporative cooling was selected for its economical ability to cool the fresh air.
The new generation INDEC Indirect Evaporative Cooling uses a patented indirect polymer heat transfer core that delivers cool, 100% fresh outside air with very low energy consumption.

Incoming fresh air passes through the primary heat exchanger core which has a series of wet and dry channels allowing natural evaporation to cool the air. Warm moist air is expelled, while cool air, without added moisture, is delivered into the building. Through this evaporation process, the outlet air temperature becomes lower than the wet bulb temperature of the ambient air.
A secondary direct evaporative pad further reduces the outlet air temperature to as low as 15°C.

Indirect Evaporative Cooling can be used in most Australian conditions. Typically, the performance of INDEC unit excels in hot, dry ambient conditions ideally where the relative humidity is less than 50%.