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National Recognition

Published: 20/02/2017
National Recognition

Estates and Facilities have been featured in the latest RIBA Journal. The articles features in the magazine of the Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) following an ambitious upgrade of legacy estate that won a performance accolade for Bradford campus.

The University of Bradford won the top accolade at this year’s CIBSE Building Performance Awards for its ambitious efforts to transform its ageing estates infrastructure, reducing the carbon footprint by an impressive 35% over the past decade.

The university’s department of estates and facilities was named Building Performance Champion (an award it also won in 2012) for its pioneering Ecoversity programme, set up to upgrade the fabric of buildings and the habits of occupants.

Like others in the UK, the Bradford campus has a legacy of large multi-purpose buildings with poor thermal performance. A total of 28 buildings dating from the 1960s and 70s have large areas of single-glazing and blown air heating. Physical improvements included overcladding a 13-storey tower and a three-storey, 8,500m2 workshop block, implementing LED lighting and control installations and replacing transformers and pumps.

The university introduced engineering and control improvements to the district heating network, expanded the building energy management system, and reviewed and optimised compressed air use.

The award also acknowledges the university’s efforts to embed Ecoversity into the formal and informal learning experience of all students.

Dr Hywel Davies, technical director at CIBSE and Building Performance Awards judge, says: ‘The strength behind Bradford’s entry was not just about technical achievement, but in the culture change they oversaw: staff and students are involved in their initiatives, and a strong sense of community is fostered around the idea of sustainable development of the university site, in order to help occupants and users improve behaviours.’

Read the full article on the RIBA website (external link).

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