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The fifth Target Zero guidance report, covering mixed use developments, was published this week, completing the series of five reports in this £1M BCSA and Tata Steel study.

Target Zero is the first project to undertake a detailed comparison of different energy efficiency measures, low or zero carbon technologies and allowable solutions to identify the most cost effective means of carbon reduction.

The five independent guides provide invaluable information on the design and construction of sustainable, low and zero carbon buildings in the UK.

The mixed use study is based on the Holiday Inn tower in the multi-million pound MediaCityUK development at Salford Quays in Manchester. This scheme incorporates offices, retail, residential towers, car parks and large public realms. The building in the mixed use study consists of office space in its lower half and a hotel above.

With numerous facilities, specifiers and developers of mixed use schemes need to deliver buildings that cater for a diverse range of needs. Target Zero’s aim is to provide guidance on how to achieve this without compromising environmental impact.

The other four Target Zero guides cover schools, warehouses, supermarkets and offices.

The schools report was based on a secondary school in Knowsley, Merseyside which opened in 2009. The steel framed building is based on a 9m x 9m structural grid and the depth of the classrooms, which was a local authority requirement, meant that mechanical ventilation was needed.

The warehouse study is based on a 34,000m² distribution warehouse at a ProLogis Park near Stoke-on-Trent. The four span steel portal frame structure is attached to a two-storey office wing, providing 1,400m2 of space.

Asda’s food store at Stockton-on-Tees provided the basis for the Target Zero supermarket report, while One Kingdom Street near Paddington in London was the subject for the offices guide.

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