The project needed to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent to align with the current funding requirements of the Welsh Government, however the design team (which included the client and main contractor) established at an early stage that the project could achieve a higher rating with minimal uplift in cost provided a consistent approach to overall sustainability was maintained.
The specific BREEAM credits the team chose to target were designed to benefit the school and its users over the building’s lifetime and not simply to push the building over the Outstanding threshold. It was important to the client that the building would not only be an exemplar for future school buildings across Wales, but could also demonstrate that some of the ‘trickier’ to achieve credits could be delivered more easily than generally perceived if the whole design and construction teams bought into the concept and acted collectively to make it work.
This aims to allow for future schemes in the local authority area to replicate any successful processes and be a progressive step forward in sustainability in general for other schemes. Reduced running costs over the building’s life span which was a key measure of success for the client and the various technologies and passive design included in the school’s design to help create the sustainable core provided this.
Ysgol Ffwrnes is shortlisted in the BREEAM Awards 2017
The building has numerous details which have been implemented to provide the most comfortable user environment, whilst not increasing the energy demand on the building. These include:
A life-cycle costing analysis was carried out at design stage, this resulting in materials and systems being chosen that: