A six-storey extension to the Birmingham City University campus at Eastside.The extension to the existing £63 million Curzon Building includes teaching rooms and experimental and social learning departments.
Construction firm BAM were required to meet the Universities aspirations for BREEAM Excellent; LEC assisted and oversaw the evidence compilation to achieve this. The building uses a mixed-mode ventilation strategy utilising, where possible, opening windows; heat gains and occupancy levels are controlled to minimise the need for mechanical cooling. Biomass boilers and photovoltaic arrays provide the main renewable energy sources.
Our BREEAM assessor worked very closely with BAM and Briggs & Forrester to review all the credits aimed for. Over the course of 8 months, each element of the 9 sections of BREEAM were fully analysed and any elements of complexity explained. Our assessors make a point of acting as the sustainability interpreters for all parties involved in the project.
LEC have a wealth of experience in the Energy and Sustainability sector. The team have worked with the emerging changes of the London Plan to its present form and seen this permeate across the UK. Each assessment and statement is tackled with the same pragmatic and proactive approach. This is also kept in balance with our in depth HEVAC knowledge and experience. Our solutions are always based upon practicalities, balancing the client aspirations and planning requirements. Sometimes overlooked and undervalued is the power of negotiated compliance. Not all schemes are best suited to 100% compliance, so at LEC we maximise, where suitable, the best compliance route at the same time as holding open discussions with the planning authorities.