Two buildings featuring natural ventilation systems from Cambridge based Breathing Buildings have won BREEAM 2012 awards.The awards, at EcoBuild in London on March 20, recognised the highest scoring building under BREEAM, the world’s foremost design and assessment method for sustainable buildings. Breathing Buildings played a pivotal role in the winning building for the healthcare and education sectors.
Houghton-Le-Spring Primary Care Centre in Sunderland received the award in the healthcare sector. This was the first healthcare centre in the UK to ever achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating and Breathing Buildings made a major contribution to the project by designing and delivering a bespoke ventilation system which also helps to reduce the potential for infection transfer within the building.
Breathing Buildings also specified and designed the natural ventilation system for Ashmount Primary School and Bowlers Nursery which won the award in the Education Sector. The building, which is still in development, is part of North London’s Crouch Hill Park carbon-negative project which achieved an exemplary rating for its energy efficiency and carbon reduction performance.
Commenting on the awards, Shaun Fitzgerald, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Breathing Buildings said: “We are delighted that Breathing Buildings has helped achieve these awards and are proud that of only 16 buildings to be recognised, two are projects which we have been involved with. We believe this is a fantastic endorsement of both our e-Stack natural ventilation system and the outstanding consultancy which we provide.”
• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Shaun Fitzgerald, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Breathing Buildings