Pictured with environmental journalist Lucy Siegle are (left to right) Steve Newberry, Guy Head, Andy Coleman and Ian May from the University of Exeter’s Estate Development Services

Greenbuild award for University music facility

The University of Exeter has won one of the inaugural Greenbuild awards for sustainable buildings.

A team from Estate Development Services collected the 2012 Greenbuild award for Education Buildings (Retrofit) for Kay House, the state-of-the-art music facility at Duryard. 

The Greenbuild awards recognise excellence in sustainable buildings and place particular focus on how they perform in daily use.

£2.3 million has been invested in Kay House, which boasts a recital hall, sound-proofed band practice room, cabaret space, chamber music room, and a sound studio.

Project Manager Andy Coleman said: “We are delighted to have won this Greenbuild award.  We are committed to reducing the environmental impact on all of the work we undertake and Kay House is a great example of this successful work in action.  The refurbished building is now an adaptable energy-efficient world-class music facility and a significant  resource for use by both students and the wider community”.

Rob Rickey, Environment Designer for LHC Architects in Exeter said: “We needed to transform this 1960s building from a refectory into a centre for the university’s music programme and improve the thermal and acoustic performance of the building.  We added external wall and roof insulation and new windows to improve the energy performance of the building, which also transformed the exterior into an elegant series of coloured, linked boxes. An energy-efficient fresh air ventilation system was installed to allow the music students to practice and perform in the building on without needing to open the windows and disturb the neighbours.” 

The building now has a Display Energy Certificate rating of B (previously G) and achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good.

Implementation of many of the energy efficiency technologies now found in the building was possible due to funding from the University's Salix Revolving Green Fund. The fund has invested over £1.2 million in energy projects saving 1,200 tonnes of carbon across the University.

Date: 24 May 2012

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