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Charities Aid Foundation

with Nicholas Hare Architects

Construction of a low-energy office headquarters for the Charities Aid Foundation in Kent. The building is designed with both daylighting and passive cooling as key features.

The Charities Aid Foundadtion is a registered charity that works to create greater value for charities and social enterprise. The headquarters building has a total floor area of approximately 4000m² and is designed with both daylighting and passive cooling as key features. The main external manifestation are the light shelves which direct light into the interior while shading the perimeter.

The ceiling slabs are exposed in-situ concrete, coffered with a special mould and providing thermal storage via a night cooling system with adiabatic cooling and displacement ventilation. Lighting is integrated into the soffit and BMS controlled.