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BREEAM awards sustainable honour to 10 Downing Street

6 March 2013 No Comment

A sustainable building award has been given to 10 Downing Street, according to homebuilding.co.uk.

The 300-year-building, which houses the Prime Minister as well as 152 other workers, was awarded the “in-use special award” by BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). It beat 800 other buildings to the accolade by making the most improvements year-on-year.

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Sustainable measures at one of the most famous addresses in the world

The site has added a number of sustainable measures over the last five years, including better insulation measures, low use water fittings, low-energy lighting with motion detection and the use of heat from IT equipment to heat water.

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Ninety per cent of construction waste has also been recycled and a water tank has been installed under the garden which collects rainwater and is used in times of drought.

The new measures mean that the building used 13.5 per cent less electricity between March 2011 and March 2012 than it did the previous years.

Eco-friendly honours given out at the EcoBuild show

Other eco-friendly buildings which are set to be praised in the BREEAM 2013 awards include the Waitrose store in Bracknell and Newport magistrates court. The honours are being given out at the EcoBuild show at London’s ExCel on March 6.

London Street Sign - Downing Street

Talking about the 10 Downing Street honour, Howard Parsons, project manager of the site, told guardian.co.uk:

“It was important for Downing Street to have an independent and impartial assessment of the success of the environmental and sustainable initiatives undertaken and their effectiveness in reducing energy consumption and cost.”

He added: “The assessment has mapped our progress so far and highlighted areas for future focus in our drive for continuous improvement.”

Author: Samantha Bartlett    Date Written: 06 March 2013

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