Edinburgh green building could score ‘outstanding’
An Old High School building at Edinburgh University is on course to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating.
Architect Graham Fraser – who is working on the Grade B listed building – said the design aims to keep the historical roots of the project, whilst still embracing the green credentials which will fight against the ‘urgent’ climate change situation.
Great example for eco-friendly buildings
If the project does it achieve the ‘Outstanding’ grade, it will be the first of any green building in the country to do so – setting a great example for other eco-friendly buildings to be put into production.
The building will get 56 per cent of its energy by being connected to nearby Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and associated electrical and district heating networks, which will reduce CO2 emissions by 38 per cent.
The rest of its energy will be from renewable sources, such as timber products for the insulation, which will control humidity.
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) project
Harvested rainwater will also be used for the flushing of WCs and energy will be conserved by solar controlled glazing in the windows. This will which eliminate the need for air conditioning and under-floor heating.
The project, ran by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), is set to be completed by summer 2013 and will be used to house lecture theatres, seminar rooms, exhibition and social areas.
Author: Samantha Bartlett Date Written: 15 November 2012