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Low carbon champions honoured

Sensitive heating controls and other energy efficient measures have meant a new £100 million university campus was among the winners at the Low Carbon Performance Awards.

Faber Maunsell received the New Build Project of the Year Award for its work on the City Campus East Development at the University of Northumbria at the awards organised by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) in association with E.ON.

David Burton, regional director for Faber Maunsell and project manager for City Campus East, said: “The development is a highly visible symbol in Newcastle and illustrates how sustainability can play a central role in the process of urban regeneration.

“It is a working example of how inspired design and quality of construction can deliver exceptional value and sustainability, within budget.”
east campus at northumbria universityCity Campus East comprises two buildings built on a brownfield site, close to the centre of Newcastle. It opened in September 2007 and caters for around 9.000 people linked to the University’s law, business and design schools.

Green features include solar collectors on the roof to heat water and sensor-controlled heating and lighting systems which ensure energy is only used when rooms are occupied.

Solar shading to the buildings in the form of stainless steel mesh panels and aluminium tube arrays also reduce solar heat build up and reduce the need for air conditioning.

The company said reduced carbon emissions exceed the 2002 Building Regulations requirements by nearly 40 per cent.

Reducing the energy consumption of building services led to ABS Consulting receiving the Low Carbon Innovation of the Year Award for its work with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the Carbon Trust. The consultancy’s Continuous Commissioning strategy looks to ensure building services match more efficiently an occupier’s business needs.

Meanwhile, the installation of a geothermal cooling and heating plant was among the schemes which led to Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust being named Low Carbon Client of the Year.

Halcrow Yolles was responsible for developing the strategy for the trust’s new cancer centre which includes a geothermal cooling and heating plant which includes a 360 borehole geothermal array and 25 heat pumps. Passive solar shading is also used to encourage natural ventilation.

CIBSE president John Armstrong said: “All the winners have exhibited commitment and determination in ensuring their carbon saving activities made the greatest impact.”

The full list of winners is:
Best Carbon Saving Campaign - The Natural History Museum
Best Carbon Saving Programme - Bolton Wanderers Football Club
Best Carbon Saving Multi-site Campaign - Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Champion of Carbon Saving Champions - Bob Jauncey of Marston’s Plc
Best Carbon Performance - Medway Maritime Hospital
Low Carbon New Build Project of the Year - Faber Maunsell for the City Campus East Development at the University of Northumbria
Low Carbon Refurbishment of the Year - Sheffield City Council Energy Unit for Sheffield Schools Project
Low Carbon Innovation of the Year - ABS Consulting for the ConCom Project at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Low Carbon Client of the Year - Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust for the Churchill Hospital Oxford
Low Carbon Consultant of the Year - Michael Clarke
Low Carbon Pioneer award - Bill Bordass