Bam Construct UK has become only the second contractor to ever win government funding for non domestic low carbon projects.
The Technology Strategy Board has awared the company £100,000 to evaluate St Peter’s School in Glasgow and Cressex Community School in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
The funding forms part of the TSB’s four-year Building Performance Evaluation Programme, and looks at the energy and sustainability performance of new buildings in domestic and non-domestic sectors.
Until now, the recipients have been mainly clients, architects or consultants.
The funding is designed to help Bam conduct the intensive evaluations, which draw upon a range of disciplines including the company’s design practice, its construction operations, and its FM arm.
Bam climate change manager Jesse Putzel said: “It’s vital that FM providers and contractors are part of the performance evaluation programme because the construction industry as a whole needs to understand building types, design strategies and occupancy patterns to help us achieve carbon-neutral buildings by 2019.
“With Cressex, Bam developed the design from the concept architecture into the build programme and will be working with the school so that the local authority and the IESE framework will benefit.”
“With St Peter’s, Bam not only helped to design and construct the school as one of four for West Dunbartonshire Council, but it also manages the facilities. The evaluation there promises benefits for the other three schools as well.”
The government aims for all new domestic buildings to be carbon-neutral by 2016 and for all new non-domestic buildings to be carbon-neutral by 2019.