Sustainability

Introduction

Low environment impact will be at the heart of the design for Sheraton Park.

The sustainability aspects for the project can be grouped into the following broad sectors:

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  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water conservation
  • Waste management
  • Green transport

Energy

Our Approach to reduce energy and minimise CO2 emissions follows seven simple steps.

Rather than simply look at on-site renewables as a way of offsetting CO2 emissions, the design will utilise passive measures within the building to reduce the energy requirements, namely:

  • Improve thermal insulation standards beyond the minimum required by Building Regulations.
  • Achieve good air tightness for the building fabric.
  • Utilise natural ventilation whenever possible.

We will then select energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems and efficient controls to manage the energy used during operation. The following will be considered during the detailed design:

  • LED lighting with occupancy sensors in common parts.
  • Card operated energisation of electronic circuit in study bedrooms.
  • Heat recovery on areas with mechanical ventilation.
  • The use of variable speed drivers on fans and pumps to only supply the required flow rate.
  • A comprehensive Building Energy Management System (BEMS).
  • Electricity metering of individual flats to promote careful use of energy.
  • Thermostatic radiator valves.

Finally once the energy use has been minimised, low and zero carbon energy sources will be considered including:

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  • Combined heat and power units.
  • Photovoltaic panels.
  • Solar collectors.
  • Ground source heat pumps.

Materials

Building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials. At Sheraton Park we will maximise the use of building elements which achieve the best performing A/A+ rating from the Green Guide.

Water Conversation

Water consumption has risen by 70% over the last 30 years. In order to conserve water the design of Sheraton Park will consider:

  • Dual flush cisterns on WC’s.
  • Flow restrictions on taps.
  • Water meters to flats to encourage careful use of water

Waste Management

Recycling-HBuildings and building sites produce a significant amount of waste. The design of Sheraton park will encourage facilities to sort waste into recyclable and non-recyclable materials. During construction a Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) will be implemented and consideration will be given to the recycling of any demolition materials.

Green transport

shutterstock_1101146Sheraton Park will be designed to align with Durham University’s green travel policies. Cycling, walking and the use public transport will all be encouraged.