Engineering Central BREEAM Information. Introduction what is BREEAM?

Innovation Hub / Engineering Central BREEAM Information Introduction – what is BREEAM? BREEAM is one of the world’s leading environmental assessment ...
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Innovation Hub / Engineering Central BREEAM Information

Introduction – what is BREEAM? BREEAM is one of the world’s leading environmental assessment methods for buildings and communities. It is run by an organisation called the BRE – the Building Research Establishment group. The BRE was created in the 1920’s by the then Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) to investigate various building materials and methods of construction suitable for use in housing following the First World War. The BRE was completely privatised in 1997, but in order to retain the authority and independence from any commercial pressures, the Foundation for the Built Environment (FBE) was formed to ‘own’ the BRE. In 2005 this was renamed the BRE Trust. For further information on the BRE Trust please refer to their website BREEAM Certification allows a building to be assessed and scored against a set of predefined criteria. Depending on the score achieved, the building will be rated as either ‘Pass’, ‘Good’, ‘Very Good’, ‘Excellent’ and ‘Outstanding’. The predefined criteria are sorted into a number of different categories: Energy, Management, Transport and Environment to name a few. This paper relates to management credit ‘Management 9: Publication of Building Information’, which requires that the University publishes either on a website or through an external publication, information relating to a list of predefined criteria. This list of information can be found below: Title

Building Information


A basic description of the project and building

Engineering Central forms part of the College of Engineering and focuses on advanced engineering and manufacturing, it will be home to the Innovation Hub.

This is a simple description of the building and its function written without any technical jargon so that the building can be simply identified.

Engineering Central will provide worldclass facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as industrial research and development in a state-of-the-art building. Engineering Central represents an investment of around £36 million which will enable the University to grow its activities in advanced engineering and manufacturing.

Engineering Central also supports the:  

Undergraduate teaching Health and





developing engineering solutions to medical challenges including nanotechnology and design for manufacture to take prototype devices to production run. Low Carbon Economy in areas such as material development for weight reduction and aerodynamic performance. Digital Economy Cluster in the development of hardware and wireless technologies.

The interaction between the subject areas is very complex and there are many areas of integration and support from one discipline to another. BREEAM Rating and score

Targeting BREEAM ‘Excellent’ 73.02%

BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, setting the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance. A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. They include aspects related to energy and water use, the internal environment (health and wellbeing), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.

The key innovative and low-impact design features of the building

Solar hot water shall be provided on the south facing roof to heat water within the building to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

Energy and water metering used throughout the building to assist in reducing consumption when the building is in operation.

Significant items of the building design and construction that are seen to meet with BREEAMs targets of setting the standard for best practice in sustainability.

The majority of materials used within the building have a Green Guide rating of A or A+

Basic Building Cost



This figure represents the cost of the building fabric. It does not include items such as the furniture, fixtures

and fittings, or design costs, and is the basic cost of delivering what is essentially and empty building. 2

Services Costs


External Works


Gross floor area

10,817.56 m

Total area of site

65 acres

Zone A: 3895.31m

Zone B: 1931.685m

Zone C: 4132.194m

2,930.71 m

Records Storage [12.9m²],

Admin Storage [24.3m²],

General Storage [25.7m²]

Cleaner’s Storage [20.9m²]

% area of grounds to be used by community

An educational facility is to be provided within the Bay Campus, known as Oracle II. The area has been designed to be used as an outdoor classroom/pavilion 2 measuring approximately 48m

BREEAM assessments not only look at the environmental aspects of the project but also the socioeconomic benefits of sustainability. This highlights any space that benefits not only the project, but also the local community.

Predicted electricity consumption

1,446,500 kWh


The electricity consumption for the building once it is in operation, is calculated by the electrical engineer for the building and is based on any known energy demand plus best practice and operational conditions. This is an estimate at the design


This figure represents the element of the basic building cost that is spent on the services within the building. By services it is referring to any power, ventilation (and or air conditioning) plumbing and other similar elements. 2




their size [m ]


Area of circulation [m ]


Area of storage [m ]

This cost represents the basic building cost spent on delivering the works around the building such as landscaping roads and pathways. 2

Gross floor area is the total floor area contained within the building measured to the external face of the external walls, adding together each level in the building. This is the total site area of the Swansea University Bay Campus. The building is located within this site area. 2 2 2


493.57 kWh/m

The building is split into a number of zones or sections; this outlines the area of each of the zones. In the case of the innovation Hub the zones are separated by the internal streets. This is the area of circulation space around the building; this circulation space is area that cannot be utilised as research / study or office space. This is the sum of the various storage rooms provided within the schedule of accommodation (- a list of areas of the building and their function).

stage but is used as a bench mark once the building is operational and actual figures can be collated. Predicted fossil fuel consumption

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17.27 kWh/m

Predicted renewable energy generation – 2 kWh/m

16,696 kWh

1.54 kWh/m

Predicted water use

9.1 m /person/year

Percentage predicted water use to be provided by rainwater or grey water

The steps taken during the construction process to reduce environmental impacts, i.e. innovative construction management techniques

186,766 kWh 2



This is the total use of fossil fuels in the building once it becomes operational. This figure includes any gas or other fossil fuel use in powering any aspect of the building infrastructure. This figure is the amount of energy that all on site renewable energy generators produce. In this case the energy comes from solar photovoltaic panels. The estimate of water demand from the building per person using the building per annum. This includes every part of water use from drinking water to toilet flushing plus that used in heating boilers and other such plant.

There are currently no rainwater or greywater collection systems provided within the Innovation Hub Building.

The estimate of any rainwater or grey water that is collected by the project then reused in the building.

To ensure that the construction site is managed in an environmentally sound manner in terms of resource use, energy consumption and pollution, the main contractor will undertake the following:

BREEAM assessments cover all aspects of the project from design to operation and include construction. These points highlight measures taken by the contractor to deliver sustainability through the construction stage.

Monitor, report and set targets for CO2 or energy arising from site activities Monitor, report and set targets for water consumption arising from site activities Implement best practice policies in respect of air [dust] pollution arising from the site Implement best practice policies in respect of water [ground and surface] pollution occurring on the site The main contractor will operate an environmental materials policy, used for sourcing of construction materials to be utilised on site, and an Environmental Management System. In addition, the main contractor specification will ensure that at least 80% of site timber is responsibly sourced and 100% is legally sourced.

A list of any social or economically sustainable measures achieved/piloted

An educational facility is to be provided on the Bay Campus, known as Oracle II. The area has been designed to be used as an outdoor classroom/pavilion measuring approximately 8m x 6m. The area will be a doorway to the natural world for children, university staff, visiting businesses and community member in three forms: as a setting for lectures and group discussions, as an opportunity for hands –on engagement with natural elements, and as a setting for relaxation and restoration.

This highlights any key, innovative and low-impact sustainable design features of the project.