Hertford Regional College
Architect: Bond Bryan Architects Ltd.
HertfordshireRegionalCollege provides further and higher education to students from across Hertfordshire, West Essex and North London, the sites are split between Broxbourne and Ware.
The Broxbourne campus was opened in 2011 and was designed to transform its image providing a high quality learning environment for both the local and wider community. The building provides a welcoming centre to showcase the learning activities within the campus.
The new building was completed with a combination of refurbishment to the existing building and new additions such as the motor vehicle workshop and construction skills workshop.
The building provides a landmark for the community with a large glazed façade and entrance hall showing off the building as a safe and accessible learning environment for everyone. The main atrium is adjoined by two wings which angle out from the main entrance. The design has created a learning destination with a strong architectural statement. The building maximises the use of natural daylight and uses high quality materials to ensure low energy and lifecycle costs.
University of Hertfordshire Law Court, Hatfield
Most Sustainable Construction
The University of Hertfordshire Law Court in Hatfield considered sustainability a key factor of the design and construction of the building from the start focusing on environmental and commercial efficiency. The result has been a BREEAM rating of ‘A’ for energy efficiency.
The University of Hertfordshire’s carbon management plan commits the university to reducing carbon emissions by 43% by 2020. The construction of the Law Court was included in the plan. The total carbon reduction of 25.6% of the regulated emissions was achieved through the use of low and zero carbon technologies. The law school consumes 50% less of the carbon than the previous building it replaced. The building benefits from a combined heat and power plant that reduces energy use by 30% compared to heat only boilers. A roof mounted photovoltaic panel array which is predicted to generate 4,420 kWh of electricity saving approximately 2.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
The building has been awarded with an EPC rating above that required for a BREEAM excellent rating. The water assessment of the building’s BREEAM assessment scored 100% through measures including WC flushing capacity and a rainwater harvesting system which collects roof run for WC flushing. The building also incorporated an E-Stack system of ventilation for the building. This system uses very little energy compared to conventional methods of cooling and ventilating buildings and delivers this at a significantly reduced cost.
Other design aspects were included to achieve the BREEAM excellenct rating such as the use of green concrete in the concrete mix saving 35% when compared to standard concrete. This saved the equivalent of 150 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The site also incorporated Sustainable Drainage Systems to reduce peak flows to green field run off rates.
Cotney Croft and Peartree Way Social Housing Scheme
Outstanding Commitment to Adapt to a Changing Climate
Architect: Baily Garner LLP
The aim of the development of two derelict sites, Cotney Croft and Peartree Way was to create low carbon housing for social rent. The eight houses were designed to enable the residents to live a sustainable lifestyle and benefit from reduced energy bills.
The houses have been designed to the highest standards of sustainable design and construction. The project has been successful with one of the homes achieving a Code Level 6 in the Code for Sustainable Homes. All the other houses achieved a Code Level 5.
Each house has a monopitch roof that faces south and incorporates solar photovoltaic roof tiles. The electricity generated will meet the majority of the residents needs. Each house has a touch screen monitor which enables residents to monitor energy generation and consumption in their homes.
The homes comply with the Lifetime Homes Standards and are highly airtight. They also feature a heat recovery system whereby heat is transferred from the extracted air to the incoming fresh air.
The properties have a Sustainable Drainage System (SUDS) with underground rainwater harvesting tanks to flush WCs and all materials were responsibly sourced and wherever possible, were recycled during construction.
These houses enable families to lead sustainable lifestyles, whilst providing a body of research on energy production and use from the photovoltaic tiles.
The keynote speaker for the 2013 Awards ceremony has now been confirmed. Munish Datta, Head of Property Plan A at Marks and Spencer’s leads on the retailer’s strategy for embedding sustainable design into all new stores and retrofitting their existing stores to improve their environmental performance. Delegates at the 2013 Awards can look forward to a fascinating talk on the industry leading work Munish and Mark and Spencer’s are doing and future challenges and opportunities.
We have already confirmed two sponsors for the event.
The Most Sustainable Construction award will be sponsored by The University of Hertfordshire. The Law Court at the Hatfield campus won the award for the Most Sustainable Construction in 2011 and this year they are looking to give something back to the awards scheme.
The Retrofit award will be sponsored by Weber Saint-Gobain. A Formulator and manufacturer of building materials for the facade, construction mortars, flooring systems and tile fixing markets, Weber’s established product range includes monocouche renders, external wall insulation systems, tile adhesives/grouts, levelling compounds and specialist construction products.