Port Talbot Justice Court, UK

porttlongcropThe 24,000 ft² BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated Port Talbot Justice Centre houses an Informal Youth Court, Tribunal Courts and a two-storey Central Fines Unit (CFU). BREEAM ‘Excellent’ was a prerequisite of the brief from HM Courts and Tribunals Service. The building’s BREEAM rating supports the Ministry of Justice Green plan, as well as enhancing the user’s experience of the building.

breeam_awards_wales_2011The building attained an EPC rating of 27. Its sustainability strategy is based on the first principles of sustainable design namely orientation, minimisation of solar gain, natural ventilation, thermal efficiency etc. There is no “green bling” as the careful design of the building regulates its environment through:

  • A super insulated and airtight facade
  • North-South orientation to minimise heat loss and solar gain
  • Enhanced daylighting which reduces reliance on artificial lighting
  • Grey water recycling
  • Use of recycled materials
  • Modularisation of the façade, creating less waste
  • Flexibility of building – it can function solely as an office if required
  • Roof-mounted solar panels for hot water