The University of Bradford has been awarded Carbon Champion of the Year at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2012. The University has been recognised for its sustained and comprehensive programme of energy efficiency that not only reversed the building's previous trend of rising energy use and emissions, but reduced them by 8% since the start of the programme in 2005. The University also won the client of the year award.
The CIBSE Building Performance awards are designed to raise industry standards by recognising those who are designing and managing the UK's most sustainable and innovative projects and products. They showcase the best examples of actual low carbon performance in practice, allied to excellence in the design, construction, and operation of buildings of all types.
Other award winners included AECOM, which was named Consultancy of the Year while Imtech Aqua took Contractor of the Year. Norman Disney and Young took the accolade for Refurbishment Project of the Year, for a refurbishment project transforming The Angel Building, an early 1980s building in Islington, North London.
Max Fordham took the award for Public Sector New Build of the Year and also beat off the competition to win the Private Sector New Build of the Year with the Brockholes Visitor Centre in Preston while British Land won the Client Energy Management Award.
Passive (Energy related) Product of the Year went to Datum Phase Change for the Racus ceiling tile, while Energy Using Product of the Year went to Monodraught for their Cool-Phase Low Energy Cooling and Ventilation System – a low-energy alternative to air conditioning. Norland Managed Services was recognised for its contribution to Training for Building Performance and Transport for London won for Building Operation.
Norman Disney and Young was awarded Commissioning Project of the Year and the award for Collaborative Working went to Harrods. CIBSE Low Carbon Energy Assessor, Andrew Gardner, took the title of Low Carbon Consultant of the Year, as over the course of one year he helped his clients to save approximately 61 tonnes of carbon.
CIBSE President, Andy Ford, said:
"The future is a resource and carbon constrained world. CIBSE is placing the enabling of effective performance engineering delivered through our members at the heart of what it does.
“All the entrants recognised have shown their commitment and skill at creating a sustainable built environment. We are proud to showcase some of the best projects, products and innovations and urge all of our winners and runners up to continue their efforts to deliver high quality, efficient buildings."