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The result will be announced at the BREEAM Awards 2017, 7th March 2017, London.
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Part of the Shoreditch Village urban quarter, this mixed development benefits from a CHP unit providing heating and heating and power to the site. Block E is a retail unit that required the tenant to sign a green lease. Among the features is a green roof, energy-efficient lighting with movement controls and low water consumption sanitary appliances.
Part of the Shoreditch Village urban quarter, this mixed development benefits from a CHP unit providing heating and heating and power to the site. Block F is a retail unit that required the tenant to sign a green lease. Among the features are low-VOC products to improve indoor air quality, the use of materials with a low environmental impact and energy-efficient lighting with movement controls.
The project involved the refurbishment of Building 4 and the construction of Building 5 within a site consisting of six buildings. Following a dynamic thermal simulation, the refurbishment will include insulation to the walls and new insulated roofing, plus the replacement of windows. Solar PV and thermal roof panels will be installed, together with air source heat pumps and green roofs, plus zoned lighting and user controls to manage lighting and energy use.
PwC's largest building is also London's first office to receive BREEAM Outstanding and reflects the company's commitment to sustainability. Among the innovations are CCHP units that run on cooking oil collected locally and which provide 50% of cooling, heating and power required from renewables. A zig-zag façade reduces solar gain and glare, while providing natural daylight. Overall CO2 emissions are 86% lower than other air conditioned high prestige offices.
This Grade II listed building is located just off Piccadilly in central London and was built in the early 1900s. It was once the Bank of Montreal premises and has since been occupied by Lloyds Bank as well as providing tenanted office accommodation. The project involves the full refurbishment of the existing office space and common parts to create Grade A speculative office space. The design team faced many challenges resulting from hidden elements of the listed structure but throughout maintained a focus on delivering the project without compromising the sustainable aspirations of the team.
Constructed in the 1920s, the building boasts internal courtyards, balconies and green terraces, combining historical architecture and a vision of the modern workplace. Good levels of insulation and double glazing, together with rooftop solar thermal panels and heating and cooling supplied by district heating means the building, has resulted in energy consumption 45% lower French regulatory requirements.
Situated in the Bayswater Conservation Area these 19th Century stucco-fronted townhouses have been converted from a hotel into 18 apartments. The project targeted sustainability throughout the building's lifetime, particularly energy efficiency measures. High performance internal insulation double glazed timber windows has led to almost a 78% CO2 reduction. The building also boasts a CHP units and roof-mounted PV panels.
Collaboration between the client and project team lay at the heart of this project to improve the sustainability and healthiness of Land Securities' new HQ. The result is a building that maximises staff wellbeing through improved natural light and air quality, plus a juice bar and contemplation room. The building also uses a high percentage of recycled materials.
Located in the heart of a conservation area within the Cadogan Estate, this former mews house has been designed to both BREEAM and the Passivhaus EnerPHit Standards, while retaining its historic character. Breathable external insulation has been added to the façade, with windows and roof-lights replaced with triple-glazed timber units. The building has an MVHR unit with CO2 sensors and energy management controls.
Eindhoven is a global centre of smart technology and the university wanted a building that matched its reputation. The ambitious project also demonstrated how a 16-story, semi-vacant building constructed in the mid twentieth century, can be transformed into a comfortable low carbon building for this century. Among the many innovations is a smart glass membrane façade containing triple anti-glaze, with insulation values of a double-skin façade.
The HQ, built in 2002, reflects the Bayer's CSR strategy, which is focused on responsibility to its employees, the local community and wider society. For example, indoor air quality has been improved and the canteen refurbished, while a recycling programme is geared towards local charities. Landscaping features and LED lighting improve biodiversity and reduce energy.
On peak days around 2,000 employees work at the facility serving more than 6.5 million Bol.com customers. Parent company Ahold-Delhaize therefore wanted a healthy and pleasant environment. To this end the building employs daylight harvesting as well as acoustic, lighting and colour design. Low carbon features include five wind turbines and heat recovery in mechanised areas.
This engineering and manufacturing facility has been used by Skanska for over a century is a great example of how an old industrial site can be transformed into a modern zero carbon facility. Among the environmental features is a PV array generating 43,500kwh per year and a biomass boiler reducing CO2 emissions by 30%. A heater that runs on waste bio-oil from plant maintenance helps remove difficult-to-treat waste.
Central Square is a spectacular new £53 million office and leisure complex located within a 2 minute walk of Leeds train station. An emblem of the city's ambition, the landmark development binds together a dynamic business district to create a vibrant new destination for the public and tenants. It is an excellent example of how investing in a highly sustainable and innovative speculative building adds to market value and successfully attracts high profile tenants keen to champion their own sustainability/CSR agendas.
This building serves to demonstrate net zero energy in the cold regions of northern China, where there is a relatively higher energy consumption for heating in the winter and cooling in summer. The building, which has constructed with precast fabricated wood, is designed using passive principles such as the incorporation of a convex element to the roof. Features include solar PV and thermal panels and an air source heat pump.
Costa Coffee's roastery is the largest in Europe and aims to be the world's most sustainable. Responsibly sourced construction materials was of critical importance as was the minimisation of waste. Solar PV and thermal panels, air source heat pumps and rainwater harvesting are among the features that have resulted in a 68% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 60.5% reduction in water consumption.
This distribution centre constructed on brownfield land, has been designed with passive measures at its heart. The warehouse has high levels of air tightness, natural light from rooflights and a Brise Soleil to reduce solar gain. Other features include a 230kWp rooftop PV array and a SolarWall® 'passive solar collector' that provides pre-heated air to office areas and improves indoor air quality.
Fire-fighting can be a stressful job and the building was designed with sustainability, lower operating costs and comfort for the occupants in mind. The London Fire Brigade wanted to demonstrate that the Mayor's London Plan 20% carbon reduction target was achievable and so a Micro-CHP for heating and hot water was specified along with solar PV for electricity, plus a green roof. Natural daylighting and ventilation improve comfort.
This building, which houses a mix of educational facilities and offices has been designed to inspire and help the exchange of ideas among the academic and industry tenants. Among the features are a 'solar chimney' to help natural ventilation, a 'fauna tower' to help biodiversity and roof that incorporates solar PV panels and rooflights.
This building emulates the European Union Intellectual Property Office's AA2 building, which was the first to receive a BREEAM Outstanding in Spain, Portugal and Italy in 2015. The building has been designed to reduce CO2 emissions by over 71% and primary energy consumption by almost 67%. This will be achieved through features such as a geothermal facility for heating and cooling, and a building management system that monitors energy and water consumption.
This shopping centre has approximately 12 million visitors per year and driven by COP21 and its strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 50%, the owner Unibail-Rodamco is improving the building's performance through the use of measures such as water saving equipment and improved recycling.
The Dutch company wanted a zero carbon building that generated at least the same amount of renewable energy as was used in its operation. It also wanted the building to be constructed according to lean principles and using 'Cradle-to-Cradle' materials. The building is constructed with multiple layers of timber connected by beechwood dowels and low carbon features include a PV array generating 50% more electricity than is consumed annually.
The Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust's building aims to demonstrate the value and deliverability of sustainable construction. As such the project aimed to demonstrate best practice in project and financial management through a series of workshops. Key features include six SIPS panels, which can be replaced with panels for testing sustainable products and recycled tyre bales that form retaining walls. Low carbon features include PV panels and air source heat pumps.
The first carbon neutral laboratory of its kind in the UK, the building reflects the Centre's aim to conduct research to the highest clean and green standards. In addition to low carbon technologies such as mechanical ventilation in each lab and a PV array covering 45% of the roof area, the Centre uses equipment to reduce greenhouse gas emission from the leakage of refrigerants and SuDs to help minimise water course pollution.
Built in 1992, this is the largest shopping centre in CBRE's Dutch portfolio. Between 2010 and 2013, the centre was in decline, with higher service charges due to rising energy costs, lower tenant satisfaction, matched by lower footfall. However, improvements have helped reverse this, with visitor numbers the highest they have ever been. Energy consumption, for example has fallen by 38% due to LED lighting and efficient elevators and escalators and indoor air quality has also been improved.
The global meeting place for all of IKEA's operations, the four-storey building includes meeting rooms and numerous creative and open spaces. Its sustainability credentials matches IKEA's philosophy. For example, on-site PV and off-site wind farms supply all its electricity, while 42 tons of food waste is collected annually and converted into bio-gas.
This building combines offices, restaurants and two concert halls and as such operates beyond that of a normal inner city office building. The goal was therefore to create a healthy, comfortable environment for tenants and visitors alike. For example the building has been designed intelligently using solar gain and glare control, with passive cooling achieved through ventilation displacement. The office space is insulated with a corrugated triple glass section that envelopes 60% of the building.
This office of financial services company ICADE is in a former warehouse built 160 years ago, which was poorly adapted into offices in the 1980s. District heating provides 40% of the building's renewable energy, the rest provided by low energy lighting, air source heat pumps, dual-flow ventilation and cold beam diffusion. In addition to BREEAM, the building has received France's BBC Rénovation certification.
This is the first retail building in Sweden to achieve BREEAM SE Outstanding at the interim stage and Lidl would like it to serve as a sustainability exemplar for other retailers. The focus was for long-term operation and management. Features include heat recovery of waste heat from refrigerated areas, LED lighting and electric charge points for cars bicycles.
This is Lidl's flagship project, which it hopes to be an example for its other stores. It is also the first retail building in southern Europe to incorporate water and energy reduction measures. Among these are the use of natural light and LEDs, an energy monitoring system, rainwater collection and landscaping with drought resistant plants.
This grand building, constructed at the turn of the twentieth century, houses the famous Rothschild investment bank. The tenant, building owner and asset manager have worked closely to create a comfortable and healthy building. For example, a detailed programme of indoor air quality, pollution and lighting test were carried out. Smart energy management solutions also help occupants to monitor energy usage.
Part of a new sustainable development, the Ark is an assisted living residential scheme that also houses a créche. Assisted living is an emerging market in Belgium and this buildings includes many of the features for adaptable living. Not only does each apartment have bathrooms for wheelchair users and a Wifi thermostat for floor heating but the ground floor has an online service that allows residents to order shopping for delivery to the door.
Located in the Soho Conservation Area, The Crown Estate wanted a building with exceptional sustainability that respected the historic character of the area. This is most apparent with the retention of the original façade, while existing elements have been upgraded or replaced to improve insulation and energy efficiency. Other improvements include LED lighting and metering in each apartment to monitor energy use. A CHP unit in the adjacent Quadrant 3 provide heating and cooling.
The project involved the careful renovation of the original 1911 office and factory and the construction of new production halls that is sympathetic to the existing building and surroundings. Materials were used from demolished buildings, including rubble granulate that reduced the number truck journeys to remove debris. Low carbon features include more than 4,000 m2 PV array and LED lighting.
This retail village, one of 18 owned by property company Neinver, places sustainability at the heart of its shopping experience. For example, more than 10 waste streams from the village are recycled lighting sensors reduce energy in the offices. Landscaping, green walls, bird houses and bee hives encourage biodiversity.
The UK's first building to achieve BREEAM Outstanding for both Design and Post-Construction Review stages, this educational facility not only uses passive design and low carbon technologies to reduce energy demand it but acted as a learning tool for students throughout its development. Innovations include a ventilation strategy that harnesses East Kilbrideâs notoriously high wind speeds.
Tribe apartments achieved a BREEAM Outstanding Post Construction Rating for 3No. separate 13 storey flat blocks providing 192 modern, spacious apartments. The domestic refurbishment project won "The Sustainable Housing Scheme of the Year" at the Housing Excellence Awards 2016. The existing 1950's construction was transformed with a wrap-around thermally efficient façade, centralised heating and hot water via a biomass boiler with heat meters/apartment, LED lighting, internal water consumption reduced by 25% and CO2 emissions reduced by 65% (compared to a new build apartment).
Set in a nature conservation area, the design is strongly influenced by the surrounding environment, from the building's shape and form, its wooden structure, through to the use of green roofs and landscaping that encourage biodiversity. The building is energy neutral, relying on heat pumps and a 3,100 m2 solar PV mounted in the parking area.
The University of Hertfordshire College Lane Student Accommodation project, delivered in partnership with ULiving and constructed by Bouygues UK, involved the demolition of existing accommodation, refurbishment of 500 rooms and the construction of 2,511 new rooms, social spaces, informal learning spaces, common rooms, gym and flexible hub, the oval.
Designed to take best advantage of orientation, the building maximises daylight, natural ventilation and night-time cooling to provide high quality, multi-purpose spaces for a range of courses. A timber frame glulam structure was adopted as a low embodied carbon solution, with an asymmetrical gabled roof acting a prime location for photovoltaic panels. Together with high levels of insulation and air tightness, the building achieved an A+ EPC rating.
This school, the first in Wales to achieve BREEAM Outstanding, exemplifies low carbon sustainability, but also demonstrates how good collaboration between the client, design and, construction teams can achieve credits more easily. The school uses a combination of features, including a 700 m2 photovoltaic array, natural ventilation, high levels of insulation, and air-source heat pumps.
The design of this meat processing plant, constructed on the site of a former abattoir, is fully optimised for the needs of the production process so as minimise the building's surface area and thermal loss. Likewise, the building harnesses the energy and resources from the production process. For example, excess heat from the cooling and air pressure systems are used heat the offices and water for showers and cleaning.
When it was opened in 1972, this shopping mall was the largest commercial centre in France. Driven by COP21 and its strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 50%, the owner Unibail-Rodamco is improving the building's performance the use of sensors, water saving equipment and improved recycling and a new roof to increase natural ventilation and daylight.
This shopping centre has embraced low carbon sustainability as a reflection of its values. Its focus has been on energy efficiency particularly the use of LED lighting, the installation of lighting motion sensors and the use of a building management system to monitor water and energy consumption.