Architectural Facade Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University (ECU) Sciences Building

Fully encased in Kingspan products, ECU Sciences building is highly energy efficient and its unique façade is now claimed to be the world’s largest periodic table.

The Project

The concept for the new science building at Edith Cowen University, Joondalup Campus was to deliver a design which makes the most of the urban location with a bold and sophisticated architectural statement. Fully encased in products from Kingspan Insulated Panels range, the building is highly energy efficient and its unique façade is now claimed to be the world’s largest periodic table.

The exciting new science building at Edith Cowen University, Perth, was thoughtfully designed by Silver Thomas Hanley Architects, with the façade featuring the periodic table to celebrate the building’s purpose as a centre of scientific research and learning. The idea stemmed from the university Vice Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman. The table is an enormous 662 square metres, spanning the entire front facade of the building, so it was vital to carefully consider the scale, proportion and visual interest.

Silver Thomas Hanley
Hook on Cassette, Dri Design, Eurobond Rainspan, Insulated Box Gutters, Trapezoidal Wall
Architectural Facade Edith Cowan University

Project Details

Eurobond Rainspan from Kingspan was specified as the structural substrate to the rainscreen façade. An exceptional thermal insulator, providing continuity of insulation across the building envelope and delivering superior air tightness, combined they enhance the building performance by reducing the operational costs, lowering energy consumption and ultimately the buildings carbon footprint.

The Rainspan panels provided a simple substrate to the Dri Design cassettes, allowing them to directly fix to their external steel skin, utilising the structural integrity of the insulated panels and removing the requirement for the set of the traditional tophat support method. This further enhanced the thermal performance of the building, removing the usual thermal bridging that occurs when using a tophat and stud frame support method.

The use of Kingspan insulated RW roof panels was a thermal solution to close the roof off, encapsulating the complete building envelope in a structural and thermal performance warranty provided by Kingspan. Integrated with the roof system was the membrane lined insulated box gutters in order to further enhance the insulation properties of the building.   

Completed in early 2020, the building is now ready for students studying science, medicine or nursing courses.

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