Gaia Architects

A guide to integrated design of sports halls

Underfloor Heating in Sports Halls

Client: sportscotland

Gaia Research was commissioned by sportscotland to investigate guidance and best practice in the use of underfloor heating, and its integration with other amenity benefits.

Sportscotland receives numerous enquiries from designers about how to best illuminate and heat sports hall spaces, particularly in schools where a hall can be used for a number of purposes.
Recent provision of sports halls suggests that, if carefully designed, underfloor heating can provide a suitable background heat giving all round user comfort. There is also reason to believe that underfloor heating has additional amenity benefits including that it can de-clutter a sports hall and therefore enhance the lighting conditions.

The resulting report reviewed the available choices for sports hall heating and their suitability for single and multi-purpose halls, different flooring types and their suitability for underfloor heating, and the relationship to human factors and functional requirements such as lighting. It includes case studies of best practice.