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University of Bradford wins top prize at CIBSE Building Performance Awards

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The University of Bradford has been crowned Building Performance Champion at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards 2017, for its pioneering Ecoversity programme.

The university’s department of estates and facilities won the top award for its transformational work on its aging estates infrastructure over the last decade – reducing its carbon footprint by 35 per cent, and becoming the only university in the world to maintain three ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ rated buildings in its portfolio.

The University also claimed victory in the Facilities Management Team Award category, with its entry commended for its approach to tackling inherent problems within its large stock of legacy buildings dating from the 1960s and 70s, including poor thermal performance, asbestos and large expanses of single glazing. Having overcome a number of challenges, the University has cut utility costs by 27 per cent in a market that has risen 90 per cent, and saved £8 million over 10 years.

The judges were also impressed with the University’s long-term strategy, which involves engaging stakeholders from all areas of the campus and implementing an extremely robust Building Energy Management System, which delivers high quality in-use performance data. Other features of the strategy include LED lighting and controls installation; replacing transformers and pumps; engineering and control improvements to the district heating network; expanding the BEMS, and reviewing and optimising compressed air.

John Field, president of CIBSE, said:

“We have seen the industry come a long way on building performance in the last ten years, and this year’s Awards are a testament to how much has been achieved in a relatively short period of time, and the excellent work that is currently being done.

“This year’s Champions, the University of Bradford, embody what it means to truly strive for building performance, achieving success in the face of adversity through sheer will and commitment to deliver the best. All the winners and finalists this year are examples to look up to, and demonstrate what can be achieved with any size and budget if the right thinking is in place.”

Other winners on the night included AECOM in Building Performance Consultancy of the Year (over 1000 employees), Elementa Consulting in Project of the Year – International, and HLM in Project of the Year – Residential. The new Test of Time category, which rewards continued high performance in a previous winner, was claimed by British Land, who have demonstrated continued high performance since their win in 2012.

To see a full list of award winners at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2017 please click here.

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