Downing Street wins special BREEAM award

7th March 2013

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Property ,
  • Construction ,
  • Life Cycle Analysis ,
  • Ecodesign ,
  • Products



The prime minister's residence has been recognised at the annual BREEAM awards after refurbishments significantly improved its sustainability rating

The 10-12 Downing Street building complex was awarded a special prize for being the most improved building in the BREEAM in-use category, at a ceremony recognising the 17 highest-scoring buildings certified last year under the environment assessment and rating scheme.

The listed Georgian terrace, which is both home and office for the prime minister and the chancellor, is undergoing its first refurbishment for 50 years. Improvements have included the introduction of voltage optimisation, waste heat recovery and rainwater harvesting equipment and the installation of a controlled lighting system. These measures have resulted in the building’s BREEAM rating improving from “good” to “very good”, and its energy performance score improving from an “E” to a “D” DEC rating.

The 300-year old building, which is managed by ETDE, was awarded top scores in its BREEAM audit for waste and water, and scores of 89.3% for building management and 88.9% for materials.

Other BREEAM award winners this year included Armstrong Point, a business park near Wigan, which aims to be the UK’s first industrial estate to use renewable energy and heating technologies to cut energy costs to “zero”. It achieved an “outstanding” in its BREEAM audit. The three-building park, which officially opened last November, has photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine providing its energy, while a solar wall provides its main heat source.

The Co-operative Group’s new head office in Manchester, One Angel Square, was named as the best-rated office building, with an “outstanding” rating and an overall score of 92.25%. The 15-storey building has been designed to maximise natural heating and light, and will use a combined heat and power (CHP) plant run on waste cooking oil, greywater recycling systems and low-energy IT equipment.

Meanwhile, Edge Lane Hospital in Liverpool was named as the best healthcare building, while Waitrose’s Bracknell store topped the retail category.

“Statistics released at the end of 2012 for BREEAM suggest that developers and owners are continuing to treat sustainability as a priority, despite the tough economic climate,” said Richard Hardy, managing director of BRE Global, which manages BREEAM.

Since the scheme was launched in 1998, more than 250,000 buildings have been assessed, and 2012 was a record year for registrations and certifications, confirmed Hardy.

“One of the reasons for this continuing commitment to making buildings more sustainable is the growing evidence that the greater efficiency and quality associated with sustainability is also helping to make such buildings more commercially successful,” he said.


Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.

Transform articles

Weather damage insurance claims hit record high

Weather-related damage to homes and businesses saw insurance claims hit a record high in the UK last year following a succession of storms.

18th April 2024

Read more

The Scottish government has today conceded that its goal to reduce carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 is now “out of reach” following analysis by the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

18th April 2024

Read more

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has issued a statement clarifying that no changes have been made to its stance on offsetting scope 3 emissions following a backlash.

16th April 2024

Read more

While there is no silver bullet for tackling climate change and social injustice, there is one controversial solution: the abolition of the super-rich. Chris Seekings explains more

4th April 2024

Read more

One of the world’s most influential management thinkers, Andrew Winston sees many reasons for hope as pessimism looms large in sustainability. Huw Morris reports

4th April 2024

Read more

Vanessa Champion reveals how biophilic design can help you meet your environmental, social and governance goals

4th April 2024

Read more

Alex Veitch from the British Chambers of Commerce and IEMA’s Ben Goodwin discuss with Chris Seekings how to unlock the potential of UK businesses

4th April 2024

Read more

Regulatory gaps between the EU and UK are beginning to appear, warns Neil Howe in this edition’s environmental legislation round-up

4th April 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close