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Dartford, UK

Winner, Low Carbon Design Award for Environmental Initiative, RIBA EM Awards 2011

Commended, Out of Region Award, RIBA EM Awards 2011

Training and education for sustainability skills

SusCon Sustainable Construction training and research centre in Dartford, has been awarded a BREEAM Education 2008 ‘Outstanding’ rating with a score of 88.85% against a design stage assessment. On completion this was the highest ever achieved for this category of building.

SusCon was delivered for a public/private partnership led by Dartford Borough Council, Prologis UK Ltd and North West Kent College and is designed to be a learning tool for sustainable construction.

BREEAM Education 2008 “Outstanding” (at design stage)
Highly insulated and airtight external envelope
Designed and orientated for maximised use of natural daylight
BRE A-rated materials wherever possible; low toxicity and high recycled contents
Solar shading systems to prevent excessive solar gain and overheating
Exposed thermal mass for night-time cooling
Timber frame to atrium with prefabricated insulated timber cassettes
Naturally ventilated
Biomass boiler
Low energy lighting
Rainwater harvesting and recycling
Building management system

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