Carbon-neutral lab earns highest green building accolades
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A carbon-neutral laboratory built from natural materials by infrastructure services firm AECOM has become one of the first buildings globally to achieve the highest certifications under BREEAM and LEED standards systems for green buildings.
Designed for Nottingham University, and part funded by GlaxoSmithKline, the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry has achieved BREEAM Outstanding and LEED platinum certifications, reports edie.net.
AECOM delivered the BREAAM and LEED services of the project, which includes a carbon-neutral lab powered by solar energy and biofuel. The infrastructure firm also provided mechanical and electrical engineering, ensuring excess heat generated is used by adjacent buildings on the campus.
“The GSK Carbon Neutral laboratories demonstrates that state-of-the-art laboratories and science facilities can still achieve world-leading standards for sustainability and energy efficiency," AECOM's associate director of building engineering Matthew Butler said.
The GSK laboratory was designed to act as a catalyst for industry collaborations focused on creating world-leading “clean and green” research into sustainable chemistry. Local schools and colleges will also receive access to the working laboratories and technical support.
Excess energy generated by the building during its lifespan will offset all the carbon associated with its construction, allowing it to reach carbon-neutral status. AECOM designed the building to use minimal energy, using natural ventilation, wind catchers, a water leak detection system and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) to deliver energy and water reductions. A green roof featuring drought-tolerant native species has also been equipped.
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