18 November 2009
International consultancy, WYG, has scooped three awards in recognition for its ‘BREEAM’ expertise on projects in Llanidloes, Cardiff and Swansea.
BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings around the world. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance.
The awards aim to recognise and reward those involved in the design and construction of the highest scoring buildings certified under BREEAM in Wales over a one year period.
The winning projects are, Unit 8, Parc Dderwen Fawr, Llandidloes - BREEAM Industrial Winner, The Arts Centre, Cardiff - BREEAM Bespoke Winner, and Canolfan Gorseinon Centre, Swansea - BRREAM Bespoke Commended.
Industrial Winner, Unit 8 , Parc Dderwen Fawr has been developed by the Welsh Assembly Government and is situated on brownfield land. Some of the environmental and sustainable features for the development include a biomass wood pellet boiler, and under floor heating system and slate timber batons with a double-skin profiled roof, all of which contributed towards a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.
Gareth Davies, WYG BREEAM Assessor said: “The assessment of Unit 8, Parc Dderwen Fawr was made easier because of the kevel of understanding in the project team. Good communication with designers allowed the project to run smoothly. Any additional construction cost will be recouped by employing renewable energy technology to provide payback in the long run.”
The Arts Centre, Bespoke Winner, is a new construction further education campus building located on a historically industrial site. The development uses photovoltaic panels and a solar thermal hot water system. A positive ecological improvement was also achieved by implementing the project ecologist’s recommendations.
Canolfan Gorseinon Centre, Bespoke Commended, is a multi-use occupancy building on brownfield land, which was previously used as a steel works. The underfloor heating system for the building comprises of a central low temperature hot water system fed by a wood chip boiler. Other key environmental features include an average daylight factor of at least two percent maintained throughout the building, and extensive community, stakeholder and future users’ consultation through the design process.
David Crichton-Miller, Managing Director at WYG said: “These schemes needed careful focused collaboration between all members of the development design team to make them a success. We are proud that our contribution to these schemes has been recognised by the BREEAM Awards Wales.”