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McL&H achieves BREEAM ‘Outstanding’

23.09.15

Ayrshire College Kilmarnock Campus has achieved the highest available BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’ for the design stage.

The low energy building was designed on the basis of a ‘Fabric First Approach’. Spaces which can be naturally ventilated have been strategically positioned on external façades to maximise the use of natural ventilation; minimising energy consumption and carbon emissions.

The design of the building envelope optimises glazing performance to balance the requirement of reducing solar gains with maximising natural light. The east facing central atrium also benefits from natural daylight due to the curtain walling and roof glazing.

The building also benefits from a number of renewable technologies which were key to achieving the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, including a 600kW biomass boiler, 330sqm of photovoltaic panels and a high efficiency cooling system using heat pumps.

There are only a few examples of education buildings in Scotland which have achieved this rating. This is a testament to the dedication of the team to implement the required standards to achieve this.

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