X-Wing Chilled Beams at University of Washington

FTF Group Climate have recently supplied the University of Washington’s - New Life Sciences building in Seattle with its latest generation X-Wing® ‘Radiant’ Passive chilled beams to provide an energy efficient cooling solution that also delivers high thermal comfort levels for the buildings occupants.

The New Life Sciences building which is circa 190,000 square feet consists of five stories and has two basement levels which will provide open spaces, offices, meeting room and research / teaching labs. The new building space has been designed to house the increasing number of faculty members and life science students for improved teaching and research. Biology is the largest undergraduate major on campus, with the biology department undertaking research into areas that include climate change, biomechanics and neurobiology.

The University of Washington - New Life Sciences building project which has been designed by Perkins+Will in Seattle, and being constructed by Skanska USA is seeking at least a LEED Silver rating.


Our X-Wing® ‘Radiant’ Passive chilled beams are manufactured from aluminium and seamless sinusoidal copper coils (which are 100 percent recyclable) using a bespoke "state of the art" serpentine bending machine ( product with no joins in the copper waterway).

The X-Wing® radiant quotient is approximately 40% of the total cooling effect (the other 60% of cooling being generated by convective cooling effect) therefore, the ability of our X-Wing® to cool by radiant absorption means that it can deliver 40% more cooling without any additional risk of draft when compared against an older type finned tube Passive beam (which is 95% convective).