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Ecology key to 'no cost' BREEAM

Enhancements to the local ecology and reuse of an existing site helped Cardiff Central Library achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating with no extra construction cost.

The library was completed by St David’s Partnership and contractor Laing O’Rourke Wales & West and scored particularly highly for land use and ecology with measures including a green roof.

Mike Lewis, Business Unit Leader, Laing O’Rourke, Wales & West said: “The improvements in the environmental assessment were made without increasing costs in construction. It is very fulfilling as a constructor to contribute to the environmental sustainability of such an important community building.”

Rob Boddy, Chief Librarian at Cardiff City Council said “Its BREEAM Excellent rating means that it is a landmark building for the capital city. Its unique sustainable features make it not only a functional building but one that will attract the attention of keen environmentalists.”

The building also scored well in the water section of BREEAM by installing water saving devices such as dual flush WCs and a leak detection system other environmental measures included good public transport links and the use of insulation materials which have zero ozone-depleting potential.