28 November 2017

University shortlisted for two CIBSE awards

The University of Oxford is celebrating being shortlisted for two 2018 Building Performance Awards from the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). The Carbon Reduction Programme is on the shortlist in the Facilities Management Team category, while the Blavatnik School of Government is in the running for the Project of the Year – Public Use award.

These are particularly impressive achievements because the University is up against the finest buildings and projects in the UK, not just those within the higher education sector.

The £14.6m Carbon Reduction Programme is the main way in which the University aims to meet its ambitious target of slashing carbon emissions from its estate to 33% below 2005/6 levels by 2020/21. Set up in 2011, it has already reduced annual CO2 emissions by more than 5,500 tonnes and cut energy costs by  £1.3m a year. For example, more than 1,000 photovoltaic panels have been installed on buildings under the programme, reducing annual carbon emissions by around 150 tonnes, and investment of more than £2 million in energy-efficient lighting has avoided more than 3,000 tonnes of annual carbon emissions. The University recently passed a key milestone towards achieving its sustainability goals, with carbon emissions falling beneath the 2005/6 baseline for the first time.

The Project of the Year award is designed to recognise buildings that deliver outstanding environmental performance while also being very comfortable for users. The Blavatnik School of Government building has already won numerous other awards, and was shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize last year. It incorporates many innovative features such as natural ventilation, ground source heat pump technology for low-energy heating and cooling, solar panels to generate power, and rainwater harvesting to reduce mains water consumption. It is expected to use 49% less energy and emit 42% less CO2 than the average UK building of similar size and use.

The results will be announced on 6 February 2018.