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BREEAM Awards Showcase the Most Outstanding Green Buildings in Europe

by , 03/10/10

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Another of our favorite BREEAM award winners is the British Embassy building in Berlin, which opened in the summer of 2000. This high performance building signifies a commitment by the British Government to green all of its UK foreign and Commonwealth offices. To measure the embassy’s built performance, BRE launched BREEAM In-Use. Thanks to Johnson Controls, the building’s facilities managment, the building was awarded a ‘Very Good’ rating in the scheme, making it the first project outside the UK to achieve this rating.

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Rogiet Primary School in Monmouthsire is a single-storey timber-framed building that features good access to daylight, responsibly-sourced timber, rainwater harvesting, solar hot water, and a very clever heating and cooling system.

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  1. Erik van Lennep March 5, 2011 at 6:09 am

    It’s brilliant so much architectural competition (and one hopes, tendering)is taking up the sustainability challenge now. It’s also time to take expectations further (simply because we no CAN, and so we must).

    Where frameworks such as BREEAM and LEED start to let us down, is that the check-box approach to sustainability can deliver a building which scores high and is still ugly and unpleasant to live in. They are also based in 20th Century thinking that says “if we do less bad, that makes us good.”

    We now need to go further by taking responsibility for our presence and our impact on the planet, and recognize that we have an opportunity for our activities to restorative: Don’t just minimize our footprint, make it positive.

    A system which has emerged in North America and is now being taken global is the Living Buildings Challenge. It’s an impressive mandate, backed up by an equally impressive set of frameworks, guidelines and supports.

    Starting with the premise, “What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?”, this is the sort of thinking and action needed in the 21st Century. http://bit.ly/9sz2Ld

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