University’s green buildings scoop environmental award

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A YORKSHIRE university has beaten off competition from Harrods, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Ministry of Defence to be named “carbon champion of the year” for its environmentally-friendly buildings.

The national award was presented to Bradford University for promoting sustainable developments on its campus.

The university’s latest £40m student village was hailed as “the greenest” building in the world when it was opened last year.

The Green on the edge of Bradford city centre was one of only 15 developments around the world to be ranked as outstanding using an international system measuring sustainability. More than a million buildings around the world have been assessed by Breeam (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment) since it was created two decades ago.

However, but none has ever been given a higher score than Bradford University’s student village.

The building has solar panels to heat water, rain is captured to flush the toilets and a screen in the kitchens shows how much power is being used.

The university also runs an initiative called Ecoversity which aims to “embed sustainable development across everything that we do”.

The award was presented to the university by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers as part of an initiative to promote best practice.

The university’s vice chancellor, Professor Mark Cleary, said: “It doesn’t get much bigger than this in terms of recognition from the industry of exceptional work in sustainable and environmentally-friendly development.”