The University of Bradford’s Bright Building is the latest structure on their City campus in West Yorkshire to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, which firmly places it within the top 1% of UK buildings in terms of sustainability and reducing environmental impact.

The £6.5 million part EU funded building was assessed by GWP Project Services, achieved a Post Construction BREEAM credit score of 95.20% the highest BREEAM score for a building developed by the University of Bradford to date. Improving on the 94.95% achieved by the adjacent BREEAM Award winning ‘The Green’ Student Accommodation back in 2012, designed by GWP Architecture and assessed by GWP Project Services.

The mixed use educational & private enterprise facility utilises extremely high levels of insulation, a natural ventilation strategy and a number of low and zero carbon technologies including Air Source Heat Pumps powered by a Solar PV array designed to utilise roofspace from an adjacent building. Further innovative building techniques are incorporated within the fabric of the building’s design including biologically friendly hemp material within a timber frame grid system forming the external walls, with engineered timber glu-lam beams and brise soleil on the south facing façade to control solar gain. Internally, spaces have been designed to support creative thinking, with no fixed desk spaces or banks of PCs. The aim of the space is to promote collaboration, exchange of ideas and adaptability.

Barry Rankin, director of GWP Project Services and BREEAM Assessor for the Bright Building said “The building overcame a number of challenges, including the use of cutting edge technologies, an aspiration to design one of the most sustainable buildings in the country and the liquidation of the original principal contractor, yet through the perseverance, good will and expertise of the whole design team and the University of Bradford, the Final BREEAM Certificate demonstrates the building is an exemplar in sustainable design.”

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