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The Low Carbon Building, South Lanarkshire College

The new BREEAM ‘Outstanding’  Low Carbon Building is a new edition to the South Lanarkshire College campus and was delivered by CCG Specialist Building Services (SBS). The Low Carbon Building is the first in the UK to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating in the BREEAM 2014 new construction assessment process, excelling in every category (Management, Health + Wellbeing, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Waste, Land Use + Ecology, Pollution and Innovation) achieving an overall score of 92%.

To ensure that the project and process embedded sustainability in line with the College’s ethos and policies from the outset and throughout, BRE (Scotland) were appointed in an advisory role as a project partner.

The project team explored the design in detail, deploying a passive design strategy of ‘remove demand, reduce demand, deliver efficiently‘. This involved utilising the thermal mass of the building to reduce the demand on energy; introducing enhanced technological efficiencies such as the use a ground source heat pump and solar PV; and an exemplar approach to flood risk mitigation and water resource usage including a rainwater harvesting system and SUDS drainage. What stemmed from this attention to detail was a two storey, steel frame block capable of providing enhanced teaching and learning facilities for up to 8 classrooms as well as learning space for local and business communities.

A separate BMS system to control and monitor the building services was also installed, and is linked back to the main campus BMS to ensure ease of operation for the Estates and Maintenance teams. Monitoring results will be displayed for staff, students and other stakeholders, encouraging positive ‘energy’ behaviour and demonstrating the success of the building.

The Low Carbon Building was completed in January 2016 and was a finalist in the 2017 BREEAM Awards.


South Lanarkshire College

Contract Value:
£4.5 million


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