Our new building at High School Yards

state of the art, energy efficient hub for knowledge, innovation and skills

ECCI's home, formerly Edinburgh’s historic Old High School, is a state of the art, energy efficient hub for knowledge, innovation and skills.

The unique building is the first refurbished building in the UK to achieve the industry sustainability ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ award at design stage. The Centre will have to wait a further six months for the construction phase assessment.

The 19 month, £10.5million refurbishment, originally designed by Edinburgh’s Malcolm Fraser Architects, involved the transformation of the 18th Century Old High School into a low carbon hub - designed to bring together experts from business, Government and academia to innovate and solve the complex problems associated with climate change and the transition to a low carbon way of life.

BREEAM is the UK construction industry’s leading sustainability assessment method and considers elements such as waste, pollution, land use and ecology, materials, management, health & wellbeing, energy and transport in grading new buildings.

The Centre’s unique design included careful consideration of building fabric, prioritising sustainable and recycled materials, and a specialised ‘vapour open’ system of insulation to limit energy loss, but ensure good indoor air quality. Features such as recovering heat from high level of the central atrium space to pre-heat the air serving occupied spaces; solar controlled glazing in the windows to keep occupants cool and reduce the need for cooling, energy efficient lighting controls and under-floor heating connected to a Combined Heat and Power source will all contribute to a 30% saving in energy consumption over the building’s former performance.

Find out more

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

Find Us 

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Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Old High School, Infirmary Street Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

How to get here: http://edinburghcentre.org/contact-form.html

Get in touch

t: +44 (0)131 6505326