This area includes useful examples of best practice case studies demonstrating carbon reduction within the different sectors outlined below. We are always on the lookout for more, so if you would like to demonstrate your own projects on this site, please click below.

DESIGN

Green Building Company’s construction division, Green Building Store, built the house by combining British vernacular construction methods with the German low energy Passivhaus design methodology.

The Welsh Assembly Government’s Pathfinder programme and Powys County Council cofounded the £1.3 million project. It was project managed by the council’s Property and Design Services and designed by architects JPW Construction.

Hampshire County Council's flagship office in Winchester was transformed from an energy inefficient 1960’s structure into a modern, low carbon 21st century building.

Southwark Primary School was chosen as an ‘exemplar’ primary school by the then Department for Children Schools and Families to encourage best practice in terms of education, building design and sustainability.

Oxley Woods, an example of a development built using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), is built from closed timber frame prefabricated panels. The dwellings have achieved ‘Very Good' EcoHomes status. They offer carbon savings of up to 50% compared to similar sized dwellings.

The Hemp HC eco-block is composed of industrial hemp shiv, natural slaked lime and a mixture of other natural minerals. The block, which has similar costs to traditional building materials, has a series of advantages:

  • no embodied carbon
  • very low thermal conductivity, producing a brick with vastly superior insulation properties against both cold and heat.
  • produces no toxic byproducts and is fully recyclable
  • absorbs sound and is non-flammable

Richmond Hill Primary School, with 630 pupils, is one of only two Passivhaus certified schools in the north of England. Passivhaus is a design methodology that minimises the use of energy for heating and cooling the building.

CONSTRUCTION

Southwark Primary School was chosen as an ‘exemplar’ primary school by the then Department for Children Schools and Families to encourage best practice in terms of education, building design and sustainability.

Oxley Woods, an example of a development built using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), is built from closed timber frame prefabricated panels. The dwellings have achieved ‘Very Good' EcoHomes status. They offer carbon savings of up to 50% compared to similar sized dwellings.

One Kingdom Street was the first Skanska UK Building project to implement a Sustainability Plan in addition to the standard Environmental Management Plan, at the request of the client, and has set a sustainability benchmark for all other Skanska UK Building projects.

 

BAM Construct UK (BAM), named as one of the UK’s best green companies in 2011, has embedded a strong carbon management principle within its organisation. In January 2010, BAM launched their own environmental reporting system called BAM Sustainability and Measurement Reporting Tool (BAM SMaRT). Based on the Building Research Establishment (BRE) SMARTwaste system, BAM SMaRT is a bespoke, reliable and user-friendly software tool that allows all BAM projects to measure and manage their sustainability, including, but not limited to, carbon reduction.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School is a free, virtual learning environment that aims to help construction suppliers and sub-contractors develop their sustainability knowledge and competence.

 

The Hemp HC eco-block is composed of industrial hemp shiv, natural slaked lime and a mixture of other natural minerals. The block, which has similar costs to traditional building materials, has a series of advantages:

  • no embodied carbon
  • very low thermal conductivity, producing a brick with vastly superior insulation properties against both cold and heat.
  • produces no toxic byproducts and is fully recyclable
  • absorbs sound and is non-flammable

Richmond Hill Primary School, with 630 pupils, is one of only two Passivhaus certified schools in the north of England. Passivhaus is a design methodology that minimises the use of energy for heating and cooling the building.

Wilmott Dixon was awarded the Sustainable Building category at the 2015 Sustainable City Awards for their creation of the WWF’s Living Planet Centre. The facility works both as an office and an education centre for the WWF charity. The building is a feat of sustainability-centric engineering with a natural ventilation system working on fresh air to keep the building cool and ventilated. All materials used during the construction of the building were assessed according to their embodied carbon, enabling the building to reduce its carbon footprint by 42%. Solar panels, rainwater harvesting and ground-source heat pumps demonstrate the company’s commitment to low and zero carbon technologies. The building also provides a source of wellbeing for employees with working spaces that include unique details, such as bird-song played into the environment.

RETROFIT AND RE-USE

This project from Drum Housing Association, part of Radian, involved thirteen 3-bed semi-detached properties, of concrete REEMA construction, which had reached the end of their envisaged useful life and needed substantial updating.

This case study looks at the re-use of the defunct North Kowloon Magistracy in Hong Kong as it was turned into the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Hong Kong campus. It explores how to utlilise and retrofit heritage buildings in order to make them both socially and environmentally sustainable.

A knowledge hub for building retrofit and energy conservation.

www.retrofitbuildings.com

Hampshire County Council's flagship office in Winchester was transformed from an energy inefficient 1960’s structure into a modern, low carbon 21st century building.

LEADERSHIP

This website from CITB helps make small and medium-sized (SMEs) companies aware of the changes within the construction industry and makes those changes simple to understand. This increases the opportunities open to companies to benefit from low carbon housing initiatives such as the Green Deal.

One Kingdom Street was the first Skanska UK Building project to implement a Sustainability Plan in addition to the standard Environmental Management Plan, at the request of the client, and has set a sustainability benchmark for all other Skanska UK Building projects.

 

BAM Construct UK (BAM), named as one of the UK’s best green companies in 2011, has embedded a strong carbon management principle within its organisation. In January 2010, BAM launched their own environmental reporting system called BAM Sustainability and Measurement Reporting Tool (BAM SMaRT). Based on the Building Research Establishment (BRE) SMARTwaste system, BAM SMaRT is a bespoke, reliable and user-friendly software tool that allows all BAM projects to measure and manage their sustainability, including, but not limited to, carbon reduction.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School is a free, virtual learning environment that aims to help construction suppliers and sub-contractors develop their sustainability knowledge and competence.

 

SKILLS AND EDUCATION

This website from CITB helps make small and medium-sized (SMEs) companies aware of the changes within the construction industry and makes those changes simple to understand. This increases the opportunities open to companies to benefit from low carbon housing initiatives such as the Green Deal.

Southwark Primary School was chosen as an ‘exemplar’ primary school by the then Department for Children Schools and Families to encourage best practice in terms of education, building design and sustainability.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School is a free, virtual learning environment that aims to help construction suppliers and sub-contractors develop their sustainability knowledge and competence.

 

WASTE

Wilmott Dixon was awarded the Sustainable Building category at the 2015 Sustainable City Awards for their creation of the WWF’s Living Planet Centre. The facility works both as an office and an education centre for the WWF charity. The building is a feat of sustainability-centric engineering with a natural ventilation system working on fresh air to keep the building cool and ventilated. All materials used during the construction of the building were assessed according to their embodied carbon, enabling the building to reduce its carbon footprint by 42%. Solar panels, rainwater harvesting and ground-source heat pumps demonstrate the company’s commitment to low and zero carbon technologies. The building also provides a source of wellbeing for employees with working spaces that include unique details, such as bird-song played into the environment.

One Kingdom Street was the first Skanska UK Building project to implement a Sustainability Plan in addition to the standard Environmental Management Plan, at the request of the client, and has set a sustainability benchmark for all other Skanska UK Building projects.

 

OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

Richmond Hill Primary School, with 630 pupils, is one of only two Passivhaus certified schools in the north of England. Passivhaus is a design methodology that minimises the use of energy for heating and cooling the building.

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