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Disability Studies Centre Achieves BREEAM 'Excellent'

02 October 2013 | Updated 01 January 1970

The Centre for Disability Studies in Essex, recently installed window systems that have helped it to successfully gain Passivhaus status. The newly completed building which forms the charity’s headquarters and professionally accredited training centre, accomplished the European Passivhaus standard and UK Building Research Establishment (BRE) Standard BREEAM ‘Excellent’.

With an environmental strategy in place to meet sustainability targets, The Centre for Disability Studies and Simmonds Mills Architects, designed the purpose built centre around the requirements to cater for various disabilities. Internorm’s timber/aluminium HF200 and HV240 window systems were selected for the project due to the thermal insulation values they could provide. With a U-value down to 0.69 W/m2K, the windows offered the energy efficiency the architects were after.

“When it came to selecting the windows, we were targeting very high standards of airtightness and crucial levels of thermal comfort,” explained Andrew Simmonds at Simmonds Mills Architects. “Internorm’s designs have been instrumental in helping us achieve the level of sustainability we required.”

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 02 October 2013


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