22 December 2010 – A number of companies with Australian connections have won awards in the UK’s prestigious Building Magazine Sustainability awards held in conjunction with the UK Green Building Council.
Winners include Cundall which was named sustainable consultant of the year as runner up in sustainable designer of the year, Arup Associates which won two major awards – Sustainable Designer of the Year and Sustainable Project of the Year and Lend Lease, which won sustainable developer/client of the year and runner up sustainable contractor of the year. Jones Lang LaSalle and WSP Group were also named as runnes up.
According to chief executive officer of Cundall for the Asia Pacific region Simon Wild the awards are highly regarded in the UK and reflected the highest standards of work.
He said an important part of Cundall’s submission included work Cundall had undertaken in Australia and its creative approach to sustainability.
This included the NABERS energy rating map which provided a quick reference tool to find NABERS rated buildings (See our posting) as well as work on leading Australian projects such as Barangaroo, Green Square, Rouse Hill Town Centre in Australia and the VS2 project in Adelaide, for which Hassell won the Australian Institute of Architects National Sustainability Award.
What they said – the highlights
Sustainable consultant of the year: Cundall
According to Building magazine: “This multidisciplinary engineering consultancy is marked out by its thorough approach to sustainability. It has a comprehensive staff training program including a sustainability handbook. There’s a home energy challenge where 70 households report their monthly energy consumption and share ideas on how to reduce it.
“Each office has a team of volunteers who want to make a difference to the firm’s environmental impact. The team leaders meet every two months via video conference to share ideas.
“Some of the more radical approaches include trialling worm farms in two offices to reduce kitchen waste. The teams found 50 per cent of energy use was outside office hours so put in place a strategy to tackle this.
The firm’s projects are clustered at the top end of sustainability ratings such as BREEAM, LEED and Green Star. The judges liked Cundall’s enthusiasm: it practises what it preaches, they said, and made “an excellent contribution to the industry”.
Chief executive officer of Cundall Asia Pacific Simon Wild said the awards demonstrated the strength of Cundall’s sustainability credential on an international basis.
The company has played a key role in leading sustainable projects in the UK, Europe and in Australia, Mr Wild said. In Australia these included Baragnaroo, Green Square and Rouse Hill Town Centre.
• Runners-up included: Jones Lang LaSalle and WSP Group
Sustainable designer of the year: Arup Associates
“What marked out Arup Associates was the potentially industry-changing level of innovation in its projects. It designed this year’s winner in the sustainable project over £10m category, the world’s first naturally ventilated TV studio (left), and the world’s first LEED Platinum data centre, in Frankfurt.
“The data centre is said to use 72 per cent less energy for its infrastructure than a standard centre – a big achievement given the huge amounts of energy consumed by such operations.
“Another key scheme is Ropemaker, one of the greenest office schemes in the City of London, which was highly commended in last year’s Sustainability Awards. The latest project under Arup’s belt is a zero-carbon, airconditioned football stadium in Qatar.
“In-house, the firm does well too: it has a formal sustainable procurement plan, ISO 14001 certification and it minimises office waste. The judges said they were impressed by Arup’s robust processes and commercial awareness, with some fantastic case studies to back this up.”
• Runners-up included Cundall
Sustainable client/developer of the year: Lend Lease
“This was another hotly debated category, with Lend Lease pipping the Olympic Delivery Authority to the post. Lend Lease has stringent, no-nonsense targets including building to BREEAM Excellent and Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 standards as a minimum for all its developments.
“It brings rigour to its sustainability strategy by employing a sustainability consultancy, Upstream, to help identify and set the objectives and targets. These are audited externally. There is a responsible sourcing framework including selecting suppliers that are aligned with Lend Lease’s sustainability objectives. Internal processes are good too. They include a 90 per cent recycling rate for waste from the London headquarters responsible for Europe.
“The judges were impressed by the company’s use of a third party for setting objectives and targets, and also praised Lend Lease for looking at the wider agenda.”
Sustainable project of the year (over £10m): Harlequin 1, BSkyB, entered by Arup Associates
“This will be the world’s first naturally ventilated television studio. It is part of client BSkyB’s ambition to go carbon neutral.
“TV studios must be ultra-quiet, which isn’t easy to reconcile with the need to get fresh air into the building. The location made the job even more challenging as Harlequin 1 sits under the flight path into Heathrow and next to the A4 trunk road. The solution is to pass warm air out of the building up through big chimneys. This process pulls in fresh air through sound attenuators below the studios.
“Energy to power the studios comes from a biomass-fuelled combined heat and power plant, which reduces the building’s emissions by 20 per cent. Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber was specified and cement replacements were used to keep down the embodied energy in the building. All this adds up to a BREEAM Excellent rating and a commendable energy performance certificate rating of A.
“The judges described Harlequin 1 as a world-class project and said the natural ventilation strategy was an amazing achievement in such a noisy area. It also had a completely integrated renewable strategy and was a well-rounded scheme.”
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