The achieved score of 85.58 percent is categorised as 'Outstanding' and demonstrates the highest levels of innovation in sustainable and environmentally conscious design.
'Outstanding' buildings make up less than one percent of all new construction, because the design has to go further than best practice, and this award recognises that the primary school makes maximum use of light, wind and water to reduce the energy consumption of the school throughout its lifecycle.
Built by Morgan Sindall, Carnegie's innovative design solutions include the collection of rainwater in a 45,000-litre underground storage tank, which reduces fresh water demand by 50 percent; a 15kW wind turbine as an additional power source, helping to reduce operating costs, carbon emissions and generate income for the school through the Feed in Tariff government scheme; and dynamic simulation software used to position windows to maximise natural light and reduce lighting needs by up to 90 percent.
Alastair Drummond, project manager, Fife Council says that he was impressed by MSPS' ability to materialise the long-term goals of the project: "The project was part of a wider strategy to become the greenest council in Scotland. MSPS put our long-term goals at the centre of the project and delivered a world-class facility and rewarding legacy for the council, pupils and community, and within the modest £8million budget."
The treatment of the local ecology was an area where the building performed particularly well in the BREEAM assessment, as the project team working diligently to ensure all the existing 110 species remained after construction.
The design worked with the site's existing topography to minimise the emissions that result from significant landscaping, as well as disruption to the local community. Local financial benefit was secured through 45 percent of the site's employment being sourced from local companies and contractors.
Robbie McKillop, public sector director for Morgan Sindall Professional Services is proud that the company has been instrumental in the design of the UK's first post-construction BREEAM 'Outstanding' primary school and that it has received such recognition:
"In additional to this nomination, the school has received high praise from the likes of MSP Alex Salmond, was commended for its design in the 2012 Scottish Design Awards and was a regional finalist in the Civic Trust 2013 awards and I am delighted that our work has been recognised as class-leading. Sustainable design is at the forefront of MSPS' agenda and this project will act as a useful blue-print for future projects."