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Building Services Case Studies


Pumped Up

Rio’s Olympic Canoe Slalom has already won gold for energy efficiency, using 30% less power than the 2012 course. Find out how the design reduces flow rates and pumping power, but still pushes paddlers to the limit. Read full case study on the CIBSE Journal website.


Cambridge First

A Grade I listed hall of residence at Trinity College, Cambridge has undergone a highly sensitive upgrade that sets the standard for the green retrofitting of UK’s historic buildings. Read full case study on the CIBSE Journal website.

 

Inspiration for a Nation

The team behind the Packard Foundation HQ, which won the international project of the year accolade at CIBSE’s awards, set out to encourage others in the US by creating a net zero energy building. Read full case study on the CIBSE Journal website.
 

Leicester's Other Winning Team

The University of Leicester’s Centre for Medicine is the largest project in the UK to gain Passivhaus certification. Andy Pearson looks at how outstanding teamwork between the contractor, engineer and architect ensured a winning scheme. Read full case study on the CIBSE Journal website.
 

Fitness Fanatics

Arboreal Architecture was awarded Residential Project of the Year at the CIBSE Awards for its forensic approach to a retrofit in Clapham. Andrew Pearson looks at how a deep understanding of building physics enabled the design team to maximise performance. Read full case study on the CIBSE Journal website.

Horses for Courses 

M&E services in Cheltenham Racecourse’s new £45m grandstand had to be controlled zonally if parts of the building were to be hired out for weddings and other non-racing events. Luckily, the engineers didn’t fall at the first…Read full case study on CIBSE Journal website.
 

London Calling

Camden’s Agar Grove estate is to become the UK’s biggest residential Passivhaus project. Max Fordham’s Bertie Dixon describes the challenges of building an 18-storey tower to the standard, and explains why the council is committed to the low energy code. Read full case study on CIBSE Journal website.

Light and Shade

Masdar, in Abu Dhabi, is designed to showcase green technologies in the Middle East. Andy Pearson looks at how the city’s masterplan helped determine Aecom’s passive-first strategy in this Leed Platinum exemplar scheme. Read full case study on CIBSE Journal website.

 

Beyond Oil

The headquarters for the International Renewable Energy Agency boasts a huge PV array – but the real talking point is the 50% reduction in energy demand achieved after extensive modelling from the outset. Read full case study on CIBSE Journal website.

 

Smooth as Ice

London’s Somerset House comes to life in winter. Its illuminated neoclassical façades form a sparkling backdrop to the open-air ice-rink that, each year, attracts thousands of pre-Christmas revellers. Until the end of the 20th century, it was a more austere place, housing many government departments, including the Inland Revenue. Read full case study on CIBSE Journal website.


The Home of Graphene

The first big breakthrough in graphene took place in Manchester, and now the city has a £61m facility aimed at developing the material for everyday use. CH2M Hill’s Ian MacAskill describes the challenge of designing services for the extraordinarily complex National Graphene Institute. Read full case study on CIBSE Journal website.


Building by the Book

Soft landings is instrumental in helping Aecom target tough energy requirements for the University of East London’s new library in Stratford. Find out how continual refi nement of the building, once in operation, helped it win CIBSE’s New Build Project of the Year (up to £10m) award. Read full case study.


No Compromise

In aiming for Passivhaus the project team at the Enterprise Centre worked to the tightest of parameters leading to the use of 70% bio-based materials, a superairtight envelope and minimal plug loads. Read full case study on CIBSE Journal website.

 


Light at the End of the Tunnel

Endless corridors, dingy waiting rooms and basement treatment rooms will be a thing of the past at Guy’s new Cancer Centre when it opens in 2016. Liza Young finds out how innovative service design has helped to create a blueprint for modern cancer care buildings. Read full case study on CIBSE Journal website.


On A Mission

Portakabin is using CIBSE’s TM54 tool to help predict energy use at a new Cambridge base for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The article explains why the modular builder is taking an ‘honest approach’ to energy efficiency. Read full case study.



Street Smart

Local electrical power networks have the potential   to slash household energy bills by half, but are being held in check by regulations on domestic energy management. A pilot project in Wiltshire is showing how modern controls, clever algorithms and more enlightened legislation could transform UK energy supply. Read full case study.


Wimbledon Ace

Mansel Court in south-west London is an exemplar office refurbishment that delivers comfort and energy savings for tenants, and potentially higher yields for investors. Alex Smith discovers that early input from building services engineer Skelly & Couch was key to its success. Read full case study on CIBSE Journal website.


A Flying Start

Christchurch International Airport’s new terminal features a water source heat pump system with a payback period of only two years. Andy Pearson looks at an innovative system that triumphed in the International Project of the Year category at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2015. Read full case study.


A Lesson in Refurbishment

Westborough Academy, in Essex, won the Refurbishment Project of the Year at the recent CIBSE Building Performance Awards. Andrew Brister looks at how OR Consulting Engineers collaborated with the architect to upgrade facilities at the Edwardian school, and picks out the key lessons learned. Read full case study.

 

Garden City

The 19- and 27-storey towers of Milan’s Bosco Verticale apartment block came into full bloom for the first time last summer. Hundreds of varieties of trees and shrubs spilled over the balconies of the 111 apartments to ensure the scheme lived up to the promise in its name – Bosco Verticale, Italian for ‘vertical forest’. Read full case study.


Leading Man

Four ventilation chimneys named John, Paul, George and Ringo are central to the environmental strategy at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, which wowed critics at the Stirling Prize. Read full case study on CIBSE Journal website.

 

Holding out for Zero

The American pharmacy and grocery chain Walgreens is one of the biggest retail brands in the world, with more than 8,000 stores. So when, five years ago, it decided to build the first net-zero energy store in the US – in a way that would be as scalable as possible to the rest of its estate – the implications were enormous. Read full case study.


Knowledge is Power

Finding energy-saving opportunities in heating, cooling and ventilation systems of large, complex buildings, can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. However, a new web-based platform that extracts and analyses data from building management systems (BMS) has identified 47 opportunities to save energy at King’s College London – which have, so far, resulted in annual savings of £390,000. Read full case study.

 

On Course

The River Derwent has long been a source of energy; it was the force behind the first water-powered cotton mill – at Cromford, in Derbyshire – which gave birth to the Industrial Revolution. Now, nearly 250 years later, Derby City Council boasts its very own hydro-electric power plant, having refurbished its 1940s Council House. Read full case study.
 


The Art of the Impossible

Fifty Martin Place is a historic building in the heart of Sydney’s financial district. Constructed between 1925 and 1928 – for what was then the Government Savings Bank of New South Wales – it is a rare Australian example of the American-influenced, inter-war Beaux Arts style. Read full case study.

 


Retail Therapy

London’s iconic Harrods store won the refurbishment project category at the 2014 CIBSE Building Performance Awards, for a complex 10-year refurbishment that has delivered improved internal conditions, energy reductions, and more resilient building services. Read full case study



Trees of Knowledge

Experience gained from the post-occupancy evaluation of the National Trust’s Heelis building have been fed into the design of The Woodland Trust’s headquarters. The project team compares the in-use performance of both. Read full case study



Engineering DNA

One of the world’s largest biomedical research centres is nearing completion in a heavily built-up district of central London.  1953, Francis Crick – together with his colleagues James Watson and Maurice Wilkins – identified the structure of DNA . This proved to be of significant importance to biomedical research, and earned Crick, Watson and Wilkins the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Read full case study



GSHP in Hospital's Learning Centre

The Ortus learning and events centre is an uplifting addition to the Maudsley hospital estate that benefits from a collaborative approach to design. Read full case study



Innovative Ground- Source Energy System in University

When an innovative ground-source energy system at the Department of Earth Sciences in Oxford failed to live up to expectations, the original project team were on hand to sort it out. Unless we all adopt this approach, these technologies are bound to fail. Read full case study



Building Services in the Mary Rose Museum

The Mary Rose Museum opened earlier this year, but the painstaking process of drying the warship’s ancient timbers goes on. So how did Ramboll achieve a closely controlled environment in one of the UK’s busiest tourist attractions? Read full case study



Ventilation - in a Submarine

Submarines are among the most hostile environments on Earth, and poorly designed systems can have disastrous consequences. So how do services engineers make these volatile vessels safe to operate and live in? Read full case study



The First LEED Platinum & BREEAM Outstanding Building

The Crystal in east London was designed to host events on sustainability. But the real star of the show is the building itself – which is the first in the world to achieve the highest possible ratings in BREEAM and LEED. Read full case study



Prefabricated Energy Centre & District Heating

Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire will be Center Parcs’ fifth village in the UK and showcases the company’s latest innovations, including a prefabricated energy centre and district heating. Read full case study



Ingenious Library

With its shimmering façade, Birmingham’s new landmark library is a decadent nod to the city’s glittering past. Thankfully, the ingenuity of the engineer means that the building’s performance more than matches its head-turning appearance. Read full case study


 

Heat Load Control on Multiple Boilers

Heat load control is the key to an efficient multiple boiler strategy. Here are the main points to consider. Read full case study



 

Ventilation Strategy for NZ Bank HQ

A vast funnel-shaped atrium is the key to an innovative ventilation strategy that is cutting a New Zealand bank’s operational energy use by 50%. Read full case study




Green Lease on 1980s Block

An innovative green lease helped landlord and tennant to significantly improve the energy performance of a 1980s office block. See full case study




Lean Construction to Minimise Materials & Resources

Leeds consultant LEDA uses the principles of lean construction to minimise materials and resources on its projects. Matthew Hall explains how the approach cut services costs by a third on one refurbishment. See full case study




Advanced Energy Efficient Supermarket

Tesco’s new store in Wisbech is piloting a host of low-energy technologies that could transform the retail giant’s estate, and help to cut store emissions by half by 2020. Read full case study




Heat Recovery from Sewage Waste Treatment Plant

More than 2,000 athletes at the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler were kept warm by heat extracted from an existing sewage treatment plant. Richard Perry and Tom Ren look at the legacy of their heat network design, and reveal how the project achieved 50% savings in energy use. Read the full case study


 


Natural Ventilation used in BREEAM Outstanding WWF HQ

An innovative natural ventilation strategy – featuring underground air ducts and thermal cooling – enabled Atelier Ten to achieve a net zero -carbon headquarters building for WWF with minimal mechanical heating and cooling. Atelier Ten’s Patrick Bellew explains the BREEAM Outstanding design. Read the full case study
 



Risk Based Approach to Fire Protection in Tower

Fire suppression can be used as an alternative to fire protection, says Craig English who took the risk-based approach on the four-storey podium structure of the Beetham Tower. Read the full case study

 

Residential Retrofit to Passivhaus Standard

Lena Gardens

When the founder of Green Tomato Energy bought a leaky, dilapidated Victorian terrace house in London, it was the perfect test project for his company’s new low energy refurbishment service. The result is one of the UK’s first retrofit to Passivhaus standards. Read the full case study


 

Open Water Source Heat Pump Development

Lena Gardens

A development that uses heat stored in the water of the Thames could be the prototype for low-cost renewable energy systems all over the world. Read the full case study



 

 

Investigation of a 90s Building for Energy Performance

Elizabeth Fry Building

Too many new public and commercial buildings fail to live up to their expectations for energy savings and user comfort, but can the good ones maintain their performance? A team of experts returns to a university building that was found to perform exceptionally well in the late 1990s. Read the full case study


 

Innovative Technologies used in Sustainable Supermarket

Sainsburys

Sainsbury’s has introduced a range of innovative technologies to reduce the impact of its lighting, heating and energy-intensive refrigeration. But will it be enough to meet its self-imposed target of slashing emissions by 30% in the next seven years? Read the full case study


 

Refurbished & Extended Music College Using BIM

Royal Welsh College

Building information modelling is transforming the way buildings are designed. Mott MacDonald used the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to set the tone for future BIM strategy. Read the full case study



 

Thamesmead Estate Refurbishment

Thamesmead Estate

The transformation of a hard-to-treat 1960s property into a low carbon home involved the use of some unusual technology. Read the full case study





 

Energy Reducing Refurbishment of London Office Block

The Angel Building

Energy reduction was at the heart of the transformation of a drab central London office block into a CIBSE award-winning refurbishment. Read the full case study




 

Low Energy School to Passivhaus Standard

Bushbury Hill Primary School

To achieve Passivhaus status, the design team at Bushbury Hill Primary School had to target unregulated energy use in the kitchen and produce a super-airtight, insulated envelope that wouldn’t overheat. Andy Pearson explains how Architype and E3 stepped up to the challenge. Read the full case study

 

Eco-friendly Building Services Design for Olympic Pool

Aquatics Centre

The London Aquatics Centre was in full Olympics mode during the 2012 Games. But the centre’s innovative, eco-friendly building services design also provides a lasting energy-efficient facility for the nation. Read the full case study



 

District Energy Scheme Providing Low Carbon Heating & Cooling

Olympic Energy Centre

The development of Stratford in east London has delivered not only the Olympic Park but also a district heating system powered by two innovative energy centres. Read the full case study here

 

 

Visitor Centre with A-Rated EPC

Brockholes Nature Reserve

Building on a flood plain posed extraordinary challenges for the designers of the award-winning Brockholes Nature Reserve visitor centre. Read the full case study


 

 

Optimised Lighting for Art Gallery

Hepworth Gallery

The design for the Hepworth gallery in Wakefield aims to provide optimum light to show off the eponymous British sculptor’s works, as well as serving the needs of other, light-sensitive works. Read the full case study



 

Sustainable Air-conditioned Greenhouse Dome

Gardens by the Bay

Design two giant greenhouses for Singapore and then try to cool them sustainably. That was the challenge facing engineers on the new Garden by the Bay project. Read the full case study




 

Olympic Velodrome Targets BREEAM Very Good

Olympic VelodromeCreating the now-iconic velodrome for the London 2012 Games was something of a mean feat, with designers trying to break the laws of physics and create completely still air. Read the full case study



 

 

Fully Integrated Public & University Library Delivering BREEAM

The HiveIt is official: 72% of the public are impressed by The Hive. This ringing endorsement is for the UK’s first, fully integrated public and university library. The statistics were compiled from an exit survey of visitors to the newly opened facility, which is situated in the heart of historic Worcester. Read the full case study