University of Dundee

Signing Off on the New Building: CTIR Rated "Excellent" for Environmental Design and Sustainability

01 Jun 2012

The new building for the Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research at the College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee has been awarded a rating of “Excellent” by BREEAM, the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.

BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and is now one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance. 

A BREEAM assessment evaluates a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology; these include aspects related to energy and water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.

Today, the Dean of Research Professor Mike Ferguson signed the £12.5 million contract that will allow construction on the new building to begin at the end of June 2012.

Prof. Ferguson said, ‘It’s great to have acknowledgement from BREEAM that the new building meets the international standard of excellence in terms of environmental design and sustainability. I’m delighted that our fundraising efforts over the past two years have finally come to fruition and that we will soon be starting work on the new building, which will provide research benefits for years to come.”