Bradford gets £2.5 million green building

A new £2.5 million office building is being built in Bradford and is among one of the first buildings to fully comply with the latest Part L 2010 building regulations.

It will be the new headquarters for orthodontic products manufacturer Ortho-Care Ltd. The 25 square foot development is due to be completed late 2011.

The three storey building will feature internal and external lighting lit by second generation occupation controlled light emitting diodes. The lighting has the advantage of being very low maintenance as well as energy efficient.

Each area of the building is zoned according to function - warehousing, manufacturing, offices, staff canteen, gym and will use mixed mode heating and ventilation solutions.

Energy assessors Walker Walker Ltd provided specialist Part L compliance advice for the development.

Their director, Ian Walker, said: "There is a lot of uncertainty about the implications of Part L but by being involved right from the concept stages we have been able to contribute directly to the design and ensure considerable cost savings as well as compliance.

"This is a fabulous project to work on; it's in a heritage buffer zone and the client is aiming for the very highest standards not only in terms of aesthetics but functionality too.

"Having completed comprehensive energy modelling we were able to integrate the optimum heating, ventilation and lighting solutions."

Walker Walker is also currently providing Part L energy performance advice for a range of new developments across the country. Alison Brown



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