Learning legacy underway before Games begin
New publication shares lessons learned from using BREEAM and CSH on the London 2012 Olympic Park.
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) set out its aim to create the ‘greenest games ever’ when London won the right to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Establishing sustainability benchmarks for the extensive build programme was paramount, and the ODA looked to employ a range of methodologies and standards to deliver on its environmental objectives.
The BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) and the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) were used in the design and construction of the Olympic Velodrome and Aquatics Centre, and on the Olympic and Paralympic Village respectively. Both tools helped the ODA achieve high levels of sustainability whilst delivering the facilities on time and below budget, with a legacy of positive benefits for the local community.
A new publication from IHS BRE Press explores the roles of BREEAM and CSH in the Olympic build programme, from how they helped ensure important sustainability considerations were addressed and monitored, to their adaptability in dealing with the different building types being created. It provides valuable guidance for architects, designers, sustainability consultants and construction professionals, sharing best practice and lessons learned on the project that can be applied across the construction industry.
A total of four projects have been funded by the BRE Trust to contribute to the learning legacy for the Games. Two are explored in detail within this publication and two further projects relating to materials supply and construction will be published in due course.
FB47: BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes on the London 2012 Olympic Park is available from 24 July from the BRE Bookshop.