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Crome Court at UEA wins Green Gown Award

Crome Court, UEA’s newest and most sustainable residence, has been crowned winner of the 2015 Green Gown Award for the Built Environment, the latest in a number of award wins for the building.

Crome Court, which first opened to residents in September 2014, came in £800,000 under budget, and was one of the first projects in the UK to have fully-integrated a form of computer modelling software to make the project much more efficient.

This ‘Building Information Modelling’ (BIM) process is an intelligent way to design and plan, and enabled both a speedy, 98-week delivery and the integration of sustainable principles from the very earliest stages. The method is also supporting the new Blackdale student residence development on campus to be even more efficient and to have an even lower environmental impact than Crome Court.

Crome Court has previously won the 2015 RICS Grand Final ‘Design Through Innovation’ award, and the 2014 Construction Computing Awards ‘Collaboration Project of the Year’ for computing excellence and collaboration within the built environment.

The building superstructure of cross-laminated timber sequesters nearly 1400 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent as four years of usage of the building. ‘Grey water’ from showers is recycled for toilet cisterns and to irrigate the external green living wall. Renewables provide 69% of the calculated energy use, and an integrated energy data reporting system in every flat aims to encourage positive behaviours from residents.

The judges praised the whole building process. They said: “The judges were impressed by the thorough approach adopted in relation to planning, procuring, and constructing this building. The attention to detail was clearly evidenced in the efforts made to address social, economic, and environmental issues of sustainability. Judges were delighted to see the use of BIM and the focus given to a whole life costing approach to construction. The resulting building is an exemplar to the sector demonstrating not only impressive sustainability credentials, but also providing students with an attractive and appropriate environment."

Find out more about UEA’s low carbon campus on the ‘UEA Sustainable Ways’ website: www.uea.ac.uk/about/sustainability/campus/buildings/low-carbon-campus.