University Library wins recognition at Low Carbon Building Awards 2013
The recently completed Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library at the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings campus has been award high commendation at this year’s Low Carbon Building Awards organised by Carbon Trust Scotland. Austin-Smith:Lord’s design incorporates many resource efficient design measures including maximising natural ventilation, glare controlled natural lighting, high thermal insulation, surplus energy from the existing campus CHP and incorporates enhanced biodiversity with a green roof.
Project Partner Graham Ross said, ‘The University, design team and contractors are delighted to have received national recognition for the Library’s low carbon design. The project fuses a resource efficient design ethos with contemporary learning and teaching environments that meet the University’s objectives and have received positive feedback from end users. The University is at the vanguard of commissioning low carbon buildings and the Library project demonstrates the project team shared that ambition and worked collaboratively to deliver a successful outcome.’
Paul Wedgwood, manager, Carbon Trust Scotland, said the Library and other award winners “displayed fantastic results that should be held up as exemplary case studies of best practice to show how a building can become more energy efficient, benefitting both the environment and the organisations’ bottom line. They not only embody low carbon design principles, but also deliver reduced energy demand and emissions, sustainability and a high quality of occupant experience”