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Sustainability Leaders Awards 2012


Sustainable Building WINNER:


P+HS Architects


P+HS Architects have set a formidable precedent, designing the first healthcare building to achieve the BREEAM Outstanding rating in the UK


Houghton Primary Care Centre has attained the highest benchmark in sus- tainable design, while at the same time demonstrating that healthcare buildings – traditionally such heavy energy con- sumers – can meet the highest sustain- ability requirements.


The idea of the construction was to merge health and leisure services into a single building to facilitate simple, local and easy access to healthcare, leisure and recreational services. The building role is to encourage better wellbeing within the population, healthier lifestyles and therefore overall improved health. P+HS claims their design solution is fit


for the future, that it operates efficient- ly and is a welcoming building which


L-r: compere Sue Perkins, Wendy de Silva and Diana Cole, P+HS Architects, BRE chief executive Peter Bonfield


encourages participation and cross-dis- cipline approaches to health and wellbe- ing.


The architects worked with specialist natural ventilation consultant, Breathing Buildings, to research and develop pro- posals for an innovative heating and


cooling strategy that would reduce run- ning costs.


In addition to an efficient heating and cooling system, the building uses a range of renewable energy sources to reduce its carbon emissions. These include; PV and solar-thermal panels, a ground source


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