First Outstanding Zero Energy Building in the UK

First Outstanding Zero Energy Building in the UK

Construction work has begun on our new showcase low-energy, low-carbon teaching facility. The college is delighted that it is the first building in the UK to be awarded a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating under the 2014 standards. This confirms the building’s environmental credentials.


The facility will have a flexible 8-classroom resource which the College will use to bring students, local community groups and local businesses into contact with the college’s experience of building and running low-energy, low-resource, sustainable buildings. The new building will be housed on the grounds of the East Kilbride-based South Lanarkshire College campus where there has been a growth of 63% in student numbers since the 3 previous College campuses amalgamated to the new build in 2008.

Our Principal, Stewart McKillop, said:

“The accolade of being the first project in the United Kingdom to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ for the design stage under the 2014 standards is an immense achievement for the College and its Project Team. The building will be an integral part of the campus and community as a whole.”

The building achieves 100.8% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the 2010 legislative emission requirements. Its high levels of insulation, integrated design with a ground source heat pump, photovoltaic panels and rainwater harvesting, means that unlike other new buildings, this building will not be reliant on normal levels of fossil fuel use for heat or power. Renewable energy technologies, together with the materials selected and the properties of the building skin will result in the building being ‘Carbon Neutral’ in operation.

The project has accessibility best practice designed in as a primary objective. South Lanarkshire Access panel provided excellent advice regarding physical access as well as the written, audio and visual aspects of the project.

Simon Cameron of the South Lanarkshire Access Panel stated:

“South Lanarkshire Access Panel wants to ensure that all those who live, work and visit South Lanarkshire are able to access the services and facilities that the area has to offer in a way that best meets their needs. The Panel is delighted to be working with South Lanarkshire College to assist in creating a building that shows access can be designed in as opposed to fitted after.”

Alastair Wylie of CCG, the company constructing the new building said:

“It is a privilege for CCG to be working with South Lanarkshire College to deliver the first BREEAM ‘outstanding’ building in the UK. Being part of the project team achieving this standard of environmental performance is a testament to our construction capabilities. We are proud to be delivering a legacy for South Lanarkshire College.”

The project received support of £700k from the European Regional Development Fund and also funding from South Lanarkshire Council’s Renewable Energy Fund.