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In this section, papers from CIOB members on the key actions related to carbon reduction in the built environment can be found. External research, reports, guidance and legislation that formed the content behind the action plan are also found here.This area also includes useful examples of best practice case studies demonstrating carbon reduction within the different sectors outlined below.

Design Case Studies

Southwark Primary School, Nottingham

Southwark Primary School was chosen as an ‘exemplar’ primary school by the then Department for Children Schools and Families to encourage best practice in terms of education, building design and sustainability.

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Richmond Hill Primary School

Designed to use 80 per cent less energy than conventionally built schools, reducing CO2 emissions by 60 per cent, and all this without the use of renewable energy.

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Denby Dale Passivhaus

Denby Dale (West Yorkshire), built by the Green Building Company, is the first certified cavity wall Passivhaus in the UK, with a U value of 0.8W/m2K. BACK

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Hemp Block Construction

With a negative carbon footprint of -72.0 kg/m² of wall, hemp block construction is an energy efficient and natural building product given an A+ rating by BRE.

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Elizabeth II Court Refurbishment

Hampshire County Council's flagship office in Winchester was transformed from an energy inefficient 1960’s structure into a modern, low carbon 21st century building.

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