This year’s crop of BREEAM award winners, announced at Ecobuild, includes some of the highest scoring buildings ever.

All of the award-winning buildings achieved at least an Excellent rating, which requires a BREEAM score of 70% or above, with a number reaching the 85% needed for Outstanding. Among the very wide range of buildings this year was the Dogs Trust Shrewsbury Rehoming Centre, which gained the highest ever BREEAM post-construction score awarded to date. Close behind was The Green, student accommodation at the University of Bradford, which earned additional innovation credits for its provision of real-time, energy-use and water-use displays to every student flat. Both these buildings achieved scores of over 94%.

Several of the buildings achieved exemplary energy efficiency and carbon reduction performances. Ashmount Primary School and Bowlers Nursery, for example, are part of north London’s Crouch Hill Park carbon-negative development. The new Harold Hill Fire Station, which was opened by London Mayor Boris Johnson, uses 42% less energy than the average for a London fire station.

There were a number of firsts among this year’s winners, including:

the first healthcare building in the UK to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding – Houghton Primary Care Centre
the first building in the City of London to be certified under BREEAM In-Use – One Silk Street occupied by law firm Linklaters LLP
the first prison building to achieve BREEAM Outstanding – the Living Unit at Thameside prison (formally known as Belmarsh West)
the first retail building to achieve Outstanding – Waitrose Stratford City branch.

The full list of winners is:

(Bespoke) Dogs Trust Shrewsbury Rehoming Centre
(Data Centres) British Geological Survey Data Centre
(Education) Ashmount Primary School and Bowlers Nursery, Crouch Hill
(Further Education) SusCon, North West Kent College
(Higher Education) Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
(Fire Station) Harold Hill Fire Station
(Healthcare) Houghton Primary Care Centre
(Industrial) Foresterhill Energy Centre, NHS Grampian
(International) Tour Majunga, Paris
(In-Use) Part 1 (Asset) Oude Houtlei 140, Gent
(In-Use) Part 2 (Management) One Silk Street, City of London
(Multi-Residential) The Green, University of Bradford
(Offices) Green Incubator, South Shields
(Prisons) Thameside Prison Living Unit
(Retail) Waitrose Stratford City
(Code for Sustainable Homes) Church Vicarage, Wembley
(Assessors of the Year) Barny Evans, Joanne Thetford and Duncan Wren
(Assessor Company of the Year) Capita Symonds