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Cibse Awards: Welsh energy centre in spotlight

10 February 2011

The project team at Hoare Lea won recognition at this year's Cibse awards for its work on the Canolfan Rheidol Offices and Carbon Neutral Energy Centre in Aberystwyth, Wales.

Refurbishment work on Hampshire County Council's 1960s office building won consulting engineers Ernest Griffiths the Refurbishment Project award.

British Land took top honours in the Building Operation category for its London head office, York House, near Marble Arch in London.
The Carbon Champion of the Year went to Metropolitan Housing Trust for their work on upgrading Victorian housing
The gala formal event at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane - with awards presented by BBC new presenter Huw Edwards - focused on overall building performance.
The black tie dinner was the first annual Cibse Building Performance Awards 2011, which "builds upon the success of the Cibse Low Carbon Performance Awards, launched in 2007", CIBSE said.
Carbon reduction is important, but not the only measure of excellence in building performance which includes good data collection and detailed feedback from facilities managers.
Building a Breeam excelllent building is a major part of the solution to reducing carbon emissions, Rob Manning, president of the Cibse, told FM World at the event.
It is equally important to understand how a building is operated, how the mechanical services perform and what variables affect performance over several years, said Manning.
If a building gets a low energy performance certrificate, it could be for many good reasons that were unforeseeable when designing and operating it began, said Manning, a director of AECOM, a provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.
The right thing to do is for the integrated team to learn from the operation of building and to work on improving its performance.
This year's award winners are:
Training for Building Performance
- ABS Consulting

Building Services Consultancy of the Year
- Atelier Ten

Energy-Using Product
- Zehnder Carboline Radiant Heating and Cooling Panel

Passive (Energy-Related) Product of the Year
- Laing O'Rourke / BDP

Commissioning Project of the Year
- EDP Consulting

Low-Carbon Consultant of the Year
- David Grace

New Build Project of the Year
- JPW Construction

Refurbishment Project
- Ernest Griffiths

Building Operation
- British Land

Client of the Year: Large
- Better Building Partnership

Client of the Year: Public Sector
- Metropolitan Housing Trust

Integrated Project Team
- Hoare Lea

Carbon Champion of the Year
- Metropolitan Housing Trust

More information on the awards is available on the CIBSE website.