The Florrie is a community venue at the heart of Liverpool 8.
A much-needed community centre in a deprived area, their stunning Grade II listed Victorian building is social gem lovingly restored by the community for the community.
Faced with an overheating problem with their building, The Florrie approached Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory, a Liverpool John Moore University project, to help them find a solution.
Aided by a University expert to assess the Building Management System, the first step to tackle the building’s overheating problem was to set the heating to coincide with opening times and occupancy.
Modelling and testing
The second part of the project was to investigate overheating caused by poor ventilation. In order to do so the team at the University modelled the building to demonstrate what it would be like without ventilation to make comparisons and run some tests.
One of the major challenges was due to The Florrie being a stunning Grade II Victorian building, which meant that there were limits to the changes that could be made.
As a result of Liverpool John Moore’s support, The Florrie has saved a significant amount of money and has a plan to improve the ventilation in the main hall.