2010 BREEAM Awards
Leisure in Bletchley
The Bletchley Leisure Centre was recognized in the "bespoke" (custom) category. Part of a multi-building project to restore and revive Central Bletchley, the 9,570-square-meter (103,000-square-foot) facility features a swimming pool, fitness center, and multipurpose gyms.
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The building scored well on construction management, as well as for its easy access to public transit, good consideration of human health, and energy efficiency. This building was one of the few among the award-winners to have its BREEAM Excellent rating confirmed in a post-construction review.
A biomass boiler provides the leisure center's heating and hot water, with high-efficiency backup gas boilers. For cooling, the building utilizes natural ventilation in the gym areas and the atrium, and the small amount of air conditioning is provided by air-source condensers fitted with heat recovery units. There is zoned control of heating, and a thermal wheel transfers heat from exhaust air to the fresh-air intake. Variable refrigerant volumes are also used to exchange warmth between warm rooms and cooler rooms.
Shopping in Dresden
Each year, at least one project from outside the United Kingdom is recognized. This year the award in the BREEAM International category went to the largest mall in Dresden, Germany: Centrum Galerie, located in the Altstadt area of the city center.
The Centrum Galerie development scored especially well in the management and transport sections of BREEAM, with a score of 100 percent score in each. Designed by Peter Kulka Architektur, the mall is located within walking distance of both major public transportation links and key amenities such as hotels and churches, and all entrances are directly reachable by bicycle.
The building also features photovoltaic panels and a green roof that doubles as a rooftop park for the day-care center onsite. The overall score of 76.46 percent was conferred at the design stage, and the center was completed in fall 2009.
In the BREEAM Prisons category, the winning project comprises a pair of buildings at HMP Littlehey II Young Offenders' Institute in the village of Perry in Cambridgeshire, England.
Designed by Capita Symonds with modular building manufacturer Premier Interlink Waco UK Ltd, the two 120-cell blocks, each 1,740 square meters (18,700 square feet), are constructed largely from Premier Interlink's prefabricated modular cell units, which have strong thermal performance. The buildings also feature an efficient biomass boiler system, underfloor heating, natural ventilation, and a rainwater collection system.
The project scored the highest possible rating in the management portion of the BREEAM assessment, thanks to highly organized construction waste recycling. About 70 percent of waste at the Premier Interlink factory is recycled or composted. The project received its BREEAM rating (scoring 76.23 percent) at the design stage, and was completed in fall 2009. A total of 12 buildings on the HMP Littlehey II site have now achieved BREEAM Excellent ratings.
Scientific Storage in Surrey
The BREEAM Industrial award-winner was the Veterinary Laboratories Agency Stores, a storage facility in Weybridge, Surrey, England, for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA), part of the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Architect Wilson Mason & Partners generated the plans for the building based on an analysis of the dimensions required to reduce the volume of heated space. The program of the building required the external envelope to be largely windowless, which created opportunities for strong thermal properties and an airtight envelope.
The two-story, 1,500-square-meter (16,000-square-foot) structure has a biofuel boiler that runs on pure rapeseed oil, which has a low carbon dioxide emission factor; extra thermal insulation and solar shading; rainwater collection for toilet flushing; and four six-kilowatt vertical-axis wind turbines mounted on the roof.
The now-completed project received its BREEAM score of 83.76 percent at the design stage, earning 100 percent of available credits in the water and management categories.
Exemplary Government Offices
Defra was honored again for Lion House, a two-story office building in Alnwick, England, that replaced a 1960s building on the same site. The new building was originally rated Excellent under BREEAM 2006. After BREEAM 2008 was instituted and the new Outstanding rating established for scores of 85 percent and higher, the building was reassessed and dubbed Outstanding.
Designed by Frank Shaw Associates and Gibberd, Lion House was designed to become the first zero-carbon building in the UK government. Sustainable features include wind turbines, natural ventilation, and a rainwater harvesting system.
The project received the OGC Special Award for Government Sector Achievement, which recognizes government buildings that go beyond the mandates of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), which specify a BREEAM Excellent rating for new construction and a Very Good rating for major renovations.
Green Housing in London
The BREEAM Ecohomes award went to the Sanderstead Road development in the London borough of Croydon, designed by AHP Architects & Surveyors Limited for the Metropolitan Housing Trust. Located on a brownfield site, the project includes a three-story building containing 38 apartments, and two sets of semi-detached four-bedroom houses in the courtyard area behind it.
Besides its easy access to mass transit, Sanderstead Road's sustainable features include its highly efficient natural-gas condensing boilers for heating and hot water, as well as the photovoltaic panels serving the communal lighting and electrical services. The project is highly insulated, resulting in favorable thermal performance and low carbon emissions.
"BREEAM certification was a requirement of the environmentally proactive borough
council," explained Mark Lydall of AHP, which offered the benefit of in-house accredited BREEAM Assessors. The rating was conferred at the design stage, and the project has since been completed.
Sustainable Welsh School
Rogiet Primary School, in the village of Rogiet, Monmouthshire, Wales, relies on an ultra-tightly sealed building envelope to minimize the need for expensive heating and cooling.
The £4.7 million building, designed by White Design, is naturally ventilated using an automated control system that helps balance air flow with the noise from two nearby roads. The design of the building's slanted roof aids natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting, and daylighting, and the north-facing classroom design ensures classrooms receive appropriate and consistent light levels.
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