What makes it innovative?

STV's feature about High School Yards Feb 2013

A combination of new technologies, innovative methods, common sense, and attention to detail has made ECCI's new building an exemplar of social, economic and environmental sustainability.

If all goes to plan during the main building phase, ECCI's new building will become the first ever development of its kind to achieve “outstanding” rating from BREEAM, the world’s leading sustainability rating system for the built environment. And here's how...

Sustainable and Recycled Materials

The use of natural, local and sustainable materials has been prioritised and a pre-works audit meant that 96% of existing materials could be reused. The structural fabric of the building comes from a timber frame rather than the standard steel frame. The frame is made from a special blend of sustainable timber and over its lifetime the timber will sequest more carbon that was used to contruct it.

Clean & Green Energy Generation

A south-facing solar hub roof, an air-source heat pump and connection to a Combined Heat and Power source will meet the building’s low-carbon energy requirements.

Lean Energy Use

The first priority for this draughty and leaky Category B listed building was to make the new and existing parts as airtight as possible. A special tape was used to seal the period sash and case windows and a unique systrem of wall insulation will limit energy loss at the same time as ensuring effective ventilation. A sophisticated energy management system will also ensure the buidling's Energy Manager and building users engage effectively with the building's heating and ventilation controls.

Calum Duncan, Project Architect said:

the devil is in the detail

Calum Duncan, Project Architect

“There is no, one hi-tech feature that will ensure a historic building will be a centre of sustainability building with outstanding sustainable credentials....The devil is in the detail. It takes a lot of hard work and consideration in every small aspect of the building construction details, type of materials, where they come from, how they are made and how long they last." 

Links

Our new building: http://www.edinburghcentre.org/our-new-building.html

What makes it innovative: http://www.edinburghcentre.org/What-makes-it-innovative.html

What makes it green: http://www.edinburghcentre.org/What-makes-it-green.html 

History: http://www.edinburghcentre.org/History.html

Photography project:http://www.edinburghcentre.org/Photography-project.html

Learning & teaching: http://www.edinburghcentre.org/Learning-and-Teaching.html