Coventry University Coventry, UK

Delmatic have supplied an advanced Dali lighting management and emergency monitoring system for Coventry University’s new Engineering and Computing Building.

The 15,000 sq.m flagship building brings together education, industry and research, and sets new standards in environmental design.  Innovation lies at the heart of the project, and excellent environmental standards underpin every aspect of the design including the building skin which drives natural ventilation and harvests solar energy. 

The building comprises two blocks around a central square and is designed to illustrate the relationship between Science and Nature, and the use of technology to reduce the impact on the natural world.

The five-storey complex includes extensive workshops, a wind tunnel testing facility, lecture theatres, communal interactive spaces, teaching spaces, academic offices, and a roof top experiment area.

 The BREEAM “Excellent” rated building helps teach students about the techniques of sustainable building by example. It uses a range of “green” technologies such as rainwater harvesting and solar & biomass heating, along with high-efficiency lighting backed by a sophisticated Delmatic system which controls lighting throughout the site.

The majority of lighting uses light sources and luminaires which exceed an 85% light output ratio, and this inherent efficiency has been further enhanced by the Delmatic system.  Lighting in offices, teaching areas and classrooms is equipped with Dali addressable dimming ballasts, and multisensors within these areas optimise energy efficiency by turning lighting off in unoccupied spaces and through daylight linking which reduces illumination where sufficient natural daylight is available.  Classrooms are, in addition, provided with local user override via pushbutton switches or scene set switches which include control of window blinds and solar shading.

The Delmatic system includes scene-setting within the lecture theatres enabling selection of programmed lighting scenes and allowing illumination levels to be raised or lowered to suit the function of the room.   The complete system is managed and monitored through graphical head-end software while testing and monitoring of emergency lighting is also managed through the Delmatic Dali modules.

The new Faculty building seeks to create a fresh approach to organising spaces so that they support new ways of learning and create a ‘community of learners’.  Key criteria for the lighting and controls were to provide energy efficiency as well as a comfortable and pleasant working environment for students and staff alike, and Delmatic worked closely with the design team to deliver an optimum solution based on our project experience within the education sector. 

The Delmatic system provides total addressable flexibility and versatility, and may be easily configured through software to suit the changing requirements of the user, as well as incorporate differing light levels for the purposes of security, maintenance, cleaning and normal occupancy modes.  The system provides substantial energy savings, achieves longer lamp life as a result of the shorter burning times and, in turn, reduces maintenance costs which enhance the financial savings.


Architect            Arup Associates

Consultant         Arup Associates

Contractor         Emcor