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Archial achieves BREEAM Outstanding for Scottish school

Archial’s Carnegie Primary school in Fife has received BREEAM Outstanding certification

The £8 million school building uses natural daylighting and ventilation. Windows have been positioned in accordance with modelling, maximising natural daylight and reducing lighting needs by 90 per cent.

Rainwater is collected in an underground storage tank and used to flush toilets, reducing the school’s fresh water demand by 50 per cent.

The school also has a 15kW wind turbine, which acts as an additional power source, reducing operating costs and carbon emissions while generating an income for the school through the Feed-in Tariff.

Post-occupancy evaluation is being carried out on the project and includes the testing and re-commissioning of specific M&E areas. The BMS system is also set up to monitor the school at half hourly intervals.

Archial BREEAM Outstanding

Project data

Location Fife, Dunfermline, Scotland
Type of project New build primary school
Client Fife Council
Architect Archial
Landscape and planning consultants Hirst Landscape Architects
Structural engineers Fairhurst
M&E consultant Morgan Sindall Professional Services
Main contractor Morgan Sindall plc
Funding Fife Council
Tender date Sept 2009
Start on site date April 2010
Completion date August 2011
Contract duration 18 months
Gross internal floor area 3760m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Design & Build
Total cost £7.9 million
Annual predicted CO2 emissions 7kg/m²
Predicted air tightness levels 3.9
Predicted energy demands 28kWh/m²  
Specific environmental targets BREEAM Outstanding

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