Gallery: BREEAM Awards Showcase the Most Outstanding Green Buildings in...

Rogiet Primary School in Monmouthsire is a single-story 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.

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