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Living, breathing, outstanding

The primary care centre in Houghton-le-Spring is the first healthcare building to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding score of 85.31%. The 4650sq m building’s energy solution is a combination of ground source heating and cooling, photovoltaics, natural ventilation with night cooling and solar thermal technology.

ClientNHS South of Tyne & Wear
ExpertiseBuilding services engineering

BREEAM Outstanding building services – at a glance

  • Unique thermal wall maintains constant temperature, avoiding need for air conditioning for all but the equivalent of four days per year
  • Renewable energy including photovoltaic panels, ground source heat pumps and a wind turbine
  • ‘A’ rated energy performance against UK Building Regs Part L 2006
  • Light pollution mitigated by the selection of fittings
  • Annual energy bills 38% lower than a standard health building
  • Lifecycle analysis addressing maintenance and replacement used to inform design and construction

Although there was a capital cost to achieving the 'outstanding' rating, we set this against the wider financial and health costs of not reducing he impact of our activities and our estate.

Stephen Naylor

NHS South of Tyne and Wear

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