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Another award for Centre for Medicines sustainability credentials

Our landmark Centre for Medicine building has won the ProCon Leicestershire Awards Sustainable Development of the Year Award 2016. The award, which recognises the best new environmentally sustainable development in Leicestershire or Rutland, was announced this month at a ceremony at the King Power Stadium.

The Centre for Medicine, built by contractor Willmott Dixon, was certified as UK’s largest non-residential Passivhaus building earlier this year. Developed in Germany in the early 1990s, Passivhaus is the fastest-growing energy performance standard in the world.

A key facet of Passivhaus is a ‘fabric first’ approach to construction and as such the building is incredibly well insulated and air tight to prevent heat leakage through the windows, walls, floor and roof. Comfort for staff, students and visitors from the local community and beyond, will be maintained by a state-of-the-art heating, cooling and ventilation system.

The ProCon Leicestershire Awards are the county’s biggest celebration of the built environment and the people who develop, design and construct winning developments.

The building has also recently won the awards Best Commercial Project and Best Public Sector Project in the recent KNX UK Awards, for Entech (Energy Technlogy) Ltd. The awards recognise the key role that the KNX international building control standard played in allowing every element of the building control to be integrated in order to achieve the Passivhaus standard.

The Centre for Medicine is the largest investment in medical teaching and applied research by a UK university in the last decade. To make a donation to the Centre for Medicine Appeal, or for more information, please visit www.le.ac.uk/savinglives.

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