The Hive case study from CIBSE
This case study explains the building services processes behind the construction and operation of the Hive library, winner of a CIBSE Building Performance Award in 2013.
The brief required that the new building should achieve a 50% reduction in carbon emissions (based on Part L of the Building Regulations 2006), and that 50% of the building’s energy would come from renewable sources. It would have to achieve a minimum environmental rating of BREEAM ‘Excellent’ but it did in fact achieve BREEAM Outstanding. It was to be, as far as practical, naturally ventilated. In addition, the scheme had to be sufficiently robust to be able to maintain comfort conditions under the impact of climate change in 2020, and the building had to be capable of being adapted to cope with the more extreme environmental conditions expected in 2050.