Leading lights – CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2016 winners

Waterman Building Services was named Carbon Champion after picking up an award for the Everyman Theatre. Liza Young speaks to the engineer and other winners from the event

Building Performance Awards 2016 CIBSE Journal March 2016

Building Performance Awards 2016 winners

This year’s glitzy awards ceremony, the Building Performance Champion crown was presented to M&E engineers Waterman Building Services (WBS) for its low-energy services strategy at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre.

The consultancy, which scooped the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize for the project, also picked up the Project of the Year: Leisure title during the ceremony at Grosvenor House on 24 February.

The theatre’s energy efficient design – including a naturally ventilated auditorium and use of concrete labyrinths to supply and expel air – was highly praised by the judges. Its façade, which employs sophisticated active solar shading, and its low-energy lighting and controls also helped the building achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

From the outset, the theatre’s location – in the crowded university and cathedral quarter of Liverpool – posed the biggest challenge for WBS. The theatre auditorium couldn’t have large opening windows or louvres because of traffic noise, and the prospect of daylight breaking in and show noise breaking out.

Waterman Building Services won the Building Performance Champion title

The most innovative element of the design process, however, was the simulation of natural ventilation processes that analysed the auditorium’s environmental conditions, using building-wide dynamic simulation modelling, before refining the results with computational fluid dynamics.

Jonathan Purcell, director of building services for WBS, said: ‘It’s a real stepchange for Waterman Group. We’ve always had a reputation for being a safe pair of hands but, going forward, we want to be seen as a cutting edge engineering firm and this award will help with that process.’

He added: ‘This was a complete team win – we all worked really hard on this project. It has been such an award-winning building, which shows how empowered everyone was by the client and the fact that we knew we were doing something special. It’s a real testament to both the design team and the client’s commitment to make a really special building. This award shows what you can do when everyone buys into the same ethos.’

Guest speaker Peter Caplehorn

Munish Datta, judge and head of facilities management and Plan A at Marks & Spencer, said: ‘This entry was something special – it goes beyond carbon, looking at all the other things that tie sustainability together. One of the biggest challenges a client faces is bringing engineers and architects together, and this building does that; it looks great and really performs.’

Atelier Ten’s WWF Living Planet Centre, in Woking, scooped the Lighting for Building Performance award.

The lighting design for the £20m building, which achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating with a score of 90.6%, has resulted in high daylight factors throughout, to reduce dependency on artificial lighting and minimise energy use.

Jeff Shaw, awards judge and Society of Light and Lighting president elect, said: ‘This was a project sensitive to its environment, appropriate to the space, and its great use of daylight really stood out.’

Winners at a glance

Building Performance Champion
sponsored by Remeha Commercial
Everyman Theatre, Liverpool – Waterman Building Services

Building Services Consultancy of the Year (up to 100 employees)
sponsored by Beeby Anderson Recruitment
Beverley Clifton Morris (BCM)

Building Services Consultancy of the Year (more than 100 employees)
sponsored by Andrews Water Heaters
Hoare Lea

Facilities Management Team
ponsored by Gratte Brothers
Sirius Building, Canberra, Australia – Mirvac Group

Energy Saving Product of the Year
sponsored by Spirotech
EndoTherm – Endo Enterprises (UK)

Building Performance Training Programme
sponsored by Vaillant
Building Services Explained for VolkerFitzpatrick Site Teams – VolkerFitzpatrick

Collaborative Working Partnership
sponsored by RS Components
John Lewis, York – IES/ John Lewis/ Lateral Technologies and Solutions/ Next Control Systems

Energy Management Initiative
sponsored by Imtech
British Land Portfolio Energy Reduction Programme – British Land

Lighting for Building Performance
sponsored by CMR Controls
WWF, Living Planet Centre, Woking – Atelier Ten

Project of the Year – Commercial/Industrial
sponsored by Johnson Controls/Hitachi
50 Shakespeare Street Refurbishment, Nottingham – Nottingham Trent University

Project of the Year – Leisure
sponsored by Lochinvar
Everyman Theatre, Liverpool – Waterman Building Services

Project of the Year – Public Use
sponsored by Cooltherm
Wilkinson Primary School, Wolverhampton – Architype with E3 Consulting

Project of the Year – Residential
Clapham Retrofit, London – Arboreal Architecture

Project of the Year – International
sponsored by ABB
David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters, California, USA – Elementa Consulting (member of Integral Group)

Other notable winners on the night included Beverley Clifton Morris (BCM), which won the title of Building Services Consultancy of the Year (up to 100 employees) for the third year running.

Established in 2002, BCM takes a holistic view of building design, incorporating fabric, glazing and services, to provide high-quality strategic advice to its clients. It has also undertaken research with Innovate UK to develop life-cycle costing techniques using building information modelling to boost performance. Its training scheme – run under the auspices of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers monitored professional development scheme (e-MPDS) – was recently re-certified for a further three years in recognition of its good practice.

BCM won the Consultancy of the Year (up to 100 employees) Award for the third year running

Hoare Lea was named Building Services Consultancy of the Year (over 100 employees)

When weighing up the category entries, Trox key account manager, Michelle Perry, said: ‘You could really feel the passion coming from BCM’.

Brian Morris, BCM managing director, said: ‘It’s unbelievable to win the award three times on the run.’

He said the accolade would add to BCM’s credibility and raise its profile in the industry.

The Hoare Lea entry was named Building Services Consultancy of the Year (over 100 employees) because it had ‘real pizazz’, according to awards judge Bill Gething, University of the West of England professor of architecture.

Susan Hone-Brookes, environmental leader at Laing O’Rourke, who also judged the category, added: ‘The winners took it to the next level. There was a richness to their entry; they looked at people development, emotional intelligence and careers for women – not just the standard things a consultancy should be doing.’

More than 750 guests attended the ceremony

The international project of the year accolade went to Elementa Consulting, a member of Integral Group, for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation headquarters, in California, USA – one of the country’s first large-scale net zero energy buildings. In its first year of operation, the building met the zero energy target three months early and was a net positive generator of energy.

Kevin Hydes, CEO and founder of Integral Group, said the award had ‘made his career’. He added: ‘Our firm has been built around trying to design net zero energy buildings, and this award is testament to the fact that this is the most important thing we can do.’

After showcasing ‘amazing carbon and energy results’, and achieving BREEAM Outstanding with a score of 96%, the team behind the John Lewis store, in York, was presented with the Collaborative Working Partnership Award.

By working closely with its energy technology suppliers and consultants – including building services engineers Lateral Technologies and Solutions, controls company Next Control Systems, and software/technology provider and consultant IES – the store’s absolute carbon emissions were slashed by 43.8% compared with the benchmark. This was a saving of almost 14% more than the original expectation.

Awards judge Mitch Laing, M&G Real Estate’s associate director: portfolio energy management, said: ‘They really stepped up to the mark – all credit to them for using data cleverly to inform design.’

The Energy Management Initiative award was presented to British Land, which marked a major milestone in its energy programme in 2015 by achieving a 40% reduction in landlord energy, compared with 2009. It also launched a sustainability strategy to drive further environmental, social and commercial results.

Architype with E3 Consulting won the Project of the Year – Public Use award

Datta said: ‘The progress they have made in the past year is really impressive, especially across such a wide estate. They have been on this journey for a while and are still making continuous improvements.’

The accolade for the Energy Saving Product of the Year was handed to Endo Enterprises (UK) for its EndoTherm energy saving central heating additive.

Jamie Agombar, head of sustainability at the National Union of Students, who judged the category, said the product could work on both an industrial and consumer level. ‘This has mass appeal, great stats and is affordable – I really liked the organic element.’

The Commercial/Industrial Project of the Year accolade was awarded to Nottingham Trent University, while the Facilities Management Team award went to Mirvac Group for the Sirius Building, in Canberra, Australia.

Other winners were: VolkerFitzpatrick’s ‘Building Services Explained for VolkerFitzpatrick Site Teams’, which scooped the training programme award; Architype and E3 Consulting’s Wilkinson Primary School, in Wolverhampton, which took the Public Use Project of the Year; and Arboreal Architecture’s Clapham retrofit, in London, which carried off the Residential Project of the Year title.