Sustainable energy efficient fire station, Harold Hill, UK
This award winning London fire station boasts numerous sustainability innovations and can trace its heritage back to the London Fire Brigade’s station design briefing. Established in 2009 this document provides the framework for any new build or major refurbishment fire station, covering all design considerations, including environmental factors and an aspiration for the BREAAM Excellent ranking. Also, the design briefing states buildings should aim to maximise the use of original construction as far as possible, reduce use of water and energy, and generate green energy where possible and practicable.
Utilising 80% of the original structure, the building also features a number of energy saving measures and achieves 42% less energy use than the average London fire station. Features include; photovoltaic panels for electricity generation, solar heating, Chp, grey water recycling and motion and daylight sensor control to help lower energy use. In the specification and evaluation process a number of environmental elements were stipulated including the use of ‘A-rated’ white goods, FSC approved timber and contractors were also requested to be part of the ‘Considerate Contractors Scheme’ which sets out a code of practice for participants covering neighbourliness, accountability, safety, and environmental responsibility. These were all factors that helped ensure the building and its occupants were quickly integrated in to the local community and following post-occupancy assessment BREEAM Excellent status was achieved.
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