The Cambridge Education Faculty has a glulam timber frame, which lends itself well to the curving forms and reflects the warm character and associations of the much-loved wooden libraries and communal halls of the University’s medieval colleges.
All elements of the timber structure are exposed, from the soffit of the LVL floor deck through to the glulam joists and primary frames. Larch was specified for its warm, dark colour, and Western red cedar for the gable cladding for its durability.
As BREEAM did not include education or institutional buildings, a new set of criteria was developed by BRE which it is hoped will be used in the assessment of future university buildings.
All the timber is from sustainably managed sources and the building’s sustainability is enhanced by the timber’s low levels of embodied energy and good thermal efficiency.
Other features include natural ventilation, cooling by chilled beams filled with water, rather than air conditioning, automatically controlled high efficiency lighting and green tariff energy.
Public transport links are excellent, local amenities are close and provision has been made for cyclists. Water is conserved through low flush / flow fittings and an automatic leak detection system, while a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) achieves a reduction of 50% in water surface runoff.
The impact of these features represents a significant cost benefit to the University, with reduced energy and water use, and reduced waste.
Source: Supplied to wood for good by BRE in a pdf of case studies.