Green Gown Awards 2015 Built Environment - University of Bradford - Highly Commended

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Bright Building  - the world’s most sustainable building in the education sector

The Bright Building is a unique sustainable building using innovative construction techniques and technologies. The building achieved the world’s 3rd highest BREEAM verified final rating of 95.2% at the time of writing; which is the highest BREEAM rating for an educational building to date.

The Bright Building is the Worlds’ largest monolithic ‘Hemcrete’ constructed building incorporating a structural timber frame, high levels of recycled aggregate, high levels of thermal mass and a super insulated building fabric. Sitting on a previously undeveloped carpark, the building is a 4 storey build spanning 1800m2. Internally, spaces have been designed to support creative thinking.  The aim of the building is to promote collaboration, exchange of ideas and adaptability.

The Bright Building is home to the re:centre the hub of research, regeneration, reinvention and rethinking the future. It embodies sustainable development and construction at its best, expanding the University’s relationship with entrepreneurs, academics, environmentalists, local and national businesses, students, local schools and stakeholders.

Top 3 learnings

1 Our sustainable building ethos makes pure business sense, reducing our dependency on utilities, low running costs and delivered at an industry competitive £/M2 cost

2 The stable year round temperature and naturally bright environment fosters health and wellbeing aspects harnessing innovation and creativity

3 The project is a fantastic testament to the Estates Team’s determination to achieve a high rating and to the project’s innovative and highly committed delivery team.

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