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Application Made for Energy-Efficient Upgrade to Bradford University Building

An enthusiastic plan to lower carbon emissions will result in more buildings at the University of Bradford undergoing refurbishment.

The JB Priestly Building and a section of the Theatre in the Mill at the university have already been the subject of planning applications.

The University of Bradford presently enjoys the distrinction of having one of the ‘greenest’ campuses in the UK. It has received multiple awards for its attractive and sustainable buildings.

If this most recent application is approved, even more of the campus will undergo a green upgrade.

The plans provided to the Bradford Council include new windows for the JB Priestly building, which are said to be in substandard condition and thermally inefficient, and rebuilding the roof of the Theatre in the Mill’s plant room.

At present the building, which houses the university library and information services, has windows that are metal-framed and single-glazed. When work is complete, the new windows will be aluminium-framed and double-glazed.

At one point many years ago, the university declared its intention to bring about a 50% decrease in its carbon emissions. Since then, buildings have been refurbished and a ‘smart grid’ has been created to sense where electricity is required and automatically distributing it in a way that minimises energy loss.


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The Bright Building is routinely named as one of the UK’s most environmentally-friendly university buildings.

The University of Bradford is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the JB Priestly Library, which was named after the Bradford-born novelist and playwright, was built in 1973. In the late 1990s it was extended, and in 2010 it was connected to the Student Central building nearby.

The university’s head of estates, Russell Smith, said that the improvements taking place at the library are part of a continual micro-smart grid endeavour to lower carbon emissions.

Mr Smith said that sustainability continues to be a focal point at the campus, which remains on track to reach its target of a 50% carbon emissions reduction by 2020.

The university’s efficiency work has also resulted in reduced energy bills as well as the decision for the Sustainable Building Association to have its annual conference there in 2013.

Some car parks on campus are made from the rubble of demolished buildings, and students can pick food at any of the on-campus herb and vegetable gardens.

Council planning officers will make a decision on the application next month.


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