No 10 Downing Street wins award for energy efficiency
Government home improvements pay off.
The traditional home of the UK prime minister has been recognised as ‘excellent’ by the BRE Environmental Assessment Method, or BREEM, which assesses sustainability in UK buildings.
The Downing Street home was praised for making the most year-on-year improvment, beating 800 other buildings and scoring 70% or above for its sustainability.
The building has flown the flag for energy-saving home improvements by using low energy lighting, reusing or recycling its waste and replacing old boilers as part of a modernisation program driven by government targets.
Richard Hardy, managing director of BRE Global, suggested that sustainability was becoming ingrained in how building projects are approached in the UK:
“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.
“They show that 2012 was a record year for BREEAM registrations and certifications. Since 1998 BREEAM has certified more than 16,000 projects, equating to over 250,000 buildings and in excess of 45 million m2 of floor area.”
Number 10 also invested in insulation and now uses wasted energy to heat its water, which has resulted in a rise in its energy efficiency rating from E to D. There is even a live energy monitoring graph on the No 10 website to show how much energy the building is using.
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