BuroHappold wins two CIBSE Building Performance Awards
BuroHappold are delighted to be named ‘Building performance consultancy (over 1000 employees)’ at the 2018 CIBSE Building Performance Awards. The practice also won “Energy Efficient Product or Innovation” for NewMass, a phase change chilled beam, and were highly commended in the ‘Project of the Year – Commercial/Industrial’ category for our work on the David Attenborough Building refurbishment.
The prestigious award comes as BuroHappold has continued to make strides in delivering not only sustainable and energy efficient spaces, but those that also give users a heightened learning or working experience whilst often delivering energy savings for operators.
I’m so pleased BuroHappold has been recognised with the Energy Efficient Product or Innovation and Building Performance Consultancy of the year awards.
Andy Keelin, Global Building Environments Director, BuroHappold Engineering
The judges remarked that they were impressed by BuroHappold’s commitment to develop a database of building energy performance data, and commitment to integrating the WELL Standard, & Fitwel health and wellbeing initiatives as part of its standard offering.
Over the past few years, BuroHappold has helped deliver impressive projects such as the David Attenborough Building for the University of Cambridge, and the University of York’s dedicated Environment Building, demonstrating how technology and the latest strategies can help deliver the next generation of educational and working spaces.
About the New Mass System
This unique project was the result of BuroHappold’s ongoing programme sponsoring EngD students and work in the education sector. Impressed by the innovative and fresh approach to energy cooling, the engineering firm worked closely with Dr Gideon Susman EngD’s to develop and implement the award winning New Mass System.
The technology is a low energy cooling system composed of an array of finned tubes that at below the ceiling of an occupied space. The tubes are filled with a ‘phase change material’ (PCM) that passively absorbs excess heat from the space through changing from a solid to a liquid form.
This innovative method, combining promising ‘phase change materials’ with existing chilled beam systems, provides a promising solution to driving more energy efficient systems into building designs.
About the David Attenborough Building Refurbishment
The refurbishment of the David Attenborough Building at the University of Cambridge, which was highly commended, saw a 40% reduction in operational carbon emissions after the BuroHappold team developed a framework that not only informed the developments of the design but also continued to the operation of the building.
The building’s occupiers, Cambridge Conservation Initiative, were closely consulted with so the building met their sustainable objectives as well as reducing running costs. The incredible building’s performance comes from both the technical design excellence as well as the operations, from the highly efficient lighting system to the passive and low energy design for the use of natural ventilation.
Receiving these awards highlights the firm’s capabilities of the practice as well as their ongoing mission to deliver exceptional building performance alongside increased energy efficiency. Over the next year, they will continue to strive for measurable results, whilst ultimately increasing reliability, performance, and the value of buildings for clients.
“I’m so pleased BuroHappold has been recognised with the Energy Efficient Product or Innovation and Building Performance Consultancy of the year awards. Its excellent to see the benefits of working with new partners in the education sector. This gives us the chance to collaborate with fresh and new minds, the results of which we’ve demonstrated with this project can be truly innovative in our sector. It’s important to us to drive building performance both internally, and to share stories of what can be achieved collectively in our industry, to help reduce carbon emissions from buildings without compromising on user satisfaction.” Andy Keelin, Global Building Environments Director, BuroHappold Engineering
The CIBSE Awards recognise the people, products and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment. They are the only dedicated industry awards that focus on actual, measured performance, not solely design intent or performance specifications. To enter you need to provide at least a year’s worth of energy data to validate your claims.