The new BREEAM ‘excellent’ rated Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) building, harnesses the latest building technology, including a custom solar shading and screening solution from Levolux.

BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), are established, internationally recognised green building certification systems. The certifications promote sustainable building and development practices that exceed minimum environmental regulations
and standards.

Both systems provide an assessment platform for a broad range of building categories at particular stages in their lifecycle with values assigned to factors such as design impact, carbon emissions, durability, resilience, biodiversity protection and ecological value.

By focusing on these key areas, architects and developers are able to identify those products with true environmental credentials, enabling the realisation of innovative, next generation buildings that make effective use of all resources and enhance the wellbeing of
those who live and work within them.

Levolux’s shading systems and Alumasc’s aluminium and cast iron rainwater goods, civil drainage, fascia and soffit systems are examples of products that, due to their recyclability, low-carbon manufacture and responsible sourcing, can make a strong contribution to achieving high BREEAM and LEED ratings. Promotion of these ecologically-balanced solutions bring benefits to the specification process, helping achieve the desired effect of minimising the environmental impact of the construction process.

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