CIBSE Awards for 2014 acknowledge outstanding energy performance

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Double winner at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards — the Cheshire Oaks store of Marks & Spencer.

There was a double accolade for the Cheshire Oaks store of Marks & Spencer at this year’s Building Performance Awards of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. Not only did the project win the category for ‘New build project of the year (value over £10 million)’, but it also received the top award of ‘Carbon champion of the year’. The services were design by Sustainable Design Solutions and installed by Balfour Beatty Engineering Services.

Munish Datta, head of sustainability strategy at Marks & Spencer, on receiving the ‘Carbon champion of the year award’, said, ‘Cheshire Oaks represents the very best of M&S, and we are delighted to have been recognised by CIBSE for its performance.’

The store was designed to achieve 34% less operational carbon and 29% les energy than a peer premier store. Measured figures over 12 months showed 44% less carbon and 43% less energy.

Energy for HVAC services is reduced by a highly efficient building envelope combined with highly efficient displacement ventilation and free cooling for the displacement supply air. There is limited use of mechanical cooling and gas heating. Control is demand led, and fan speeds are limited to 50% for substantial periods using inverter control.

Introducing the awards, CIBSE president George Adams said, ‘This event recognises the businesses, teams, people, products and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment — the focus being on real performance.’

He continued, ‘The spirit of the awards is about reaching for better-performing buildings through efficient engineering and sustainable methodology. In these challenging times, when 70% of people will soon be living in cities and atmospheric carbon levels rise beyond sustainable levels, a world of climate changes seems truly upon us.

‘We need more and more engineers and designers to achieve huge leaps forwards in the areas of high-performing systems. We need to reach out to the business, communities and Government to outline why sustainable buildings can improve an organisation’s performance whilst also caring for the environment.’

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