World's Highest Education BREEAM Rating

Rachel Callow
Following on from our work with the University of Bradford and Architect Farrell and Clark, Faithful+Gould are proud to announce our project “The Bright Building” has been nominated in this year's Green Gown Awards as 'the world’s most sustainable building in the education sector'.

The Bright Building has achieved a BREEAM final certificate of 95.2%, which is a substantial achievement and required significant effort by all teams involved to achieve a sustainable low energy solution. This rating is the world's highest score in the education sector, and during the design stages it achieved 94.95% which at the time was the world’s highest BREEAM score. The building itself is a four-storey 2,000m2 building which contains workshops, business units, an open-plan office and a multi-function space which will provide teaching and learning facilities.

The facility has no gas or grid electrical connection and is only connected to the University CHP system for back up purposes. The sun space along the front of the building provides natural lighting and ventilation and solar heating during cooler months. The sunspace is full height and acts as a ventilation chimney during summer months negating the need for comfort cooling.

At four storeys high the Bright Building is the world’s largest monolithic hemp building and at 450mm thick this presented a number of challenges on site with both placing and drying. The Hempcrete makes use of the waste from the hemp industry and with the carbon it captures during its growth it’s an extremely sustainable building product.

Key facts: Building cost per m2: £1,950/m2; timber frame construction; lytag lightweight recycled aggregate concrete floors; triple glazed windows; air source heat pumps; 10m2 of solar thermal panels; 250m2 of photovoltaic cells; rainwater harvesting system and water saving fittings; sustainable urban drainage system; air test of 1.5m3 / m2 / hour @ 50 Pa; reclaimed, recycled or natural materials used for internal fittings and finishes; enhancement of ecology including roof garden with insect hotels, bird and bat boxes and a teaching biodiversity garden.

Faithful+Gould provided cost management and CDMC services, working closely with the University of Bradford and their Architects Farrell and Clark.

Life cycle costing was an important aspect of our delivery during the design stages and was delivered by our in-house team who carry out life-cycle costing in accordance with ISO 15686-5 a standard Faithful+Gould co-authored with the BCIS. Strategic and component level life cycle cost plans were provided to allow the design team and client to make informed decisions based on the maintenance and energy cost considerations and not just capital costs. This has also enabled all of the BREEAM credits relating to life cycle costing to be readily achieved. Watch this video to find out more.

"The building was designed with sustainability at the heart of all project decisions and showcases how sustainable solutions don’t always require an increase to capital costs with careful material selection."

Chris Shaw, Faithful+Gould Associate Director

Andy Hague, Building Team Manager from the university comments “This outstanding result demonstrates the university's "Ecoversity" commitment to their projects and has been designed to the university's target driven sustainability specification achieving one of the world's highest ever BREEAM ratings. A fantastic result.”

Chris Shaw, associate director, comments “The building was designed with sustainability at the heart of all project decisions and showcases how sustainable solutions don’t always require an increase to capital costs with careful material selection. The project was a real team effort and the rewards are highlighted in the end result. A great achievement for us all.”

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