Scott Brownrigg Group Director, Darren Comber to judge the 2011 Property Awards sustainability category


Darren Comber, Group Director at Scott Brownrigg has been invited to judge the 2011 Property Awards "Sustainability" category. Darren will join Giles Barrie, Editor of Property Week to consider the shortlist of entrants and decide the overall winner of  the category.

Last year the category was judged by the heads of the selected top agents in the UK, however this year it was decided that having a specialist in this area was more appropriate.  The invitation therefore recognises Scott Brownrigg's credentials in sustainable design.  The practice has been involved with the sustainability agenda long before it became as it is known today.  In 1994 the practice completed the 1.2 million sq ft of mixed mode passively cooled space at Abbeywood near Bristol for the MoD.  In 2006 this approach culminated in the practice winning a number of sustainability awards for Red Kite House. 

Since then the practice has delivered numerous BREEAM "Excellent" projects and is currently working on zero carbon projects that utilise ground breaking technologies.  These  include the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery which incorporates a biomass boiler that makes use of horse waste on site to generate hot water and heating;  the first BREEAM "Outstanding" high school in the UK; and an Eco-Mansion that includes its own solar energy farm.  In addition the practice is a member of the UK Green Building Council, the Low Carbon Institute and is working on a number of research initiatives that explore new technologies and building types. 

The winner of the sustainability category will be announced at the 2011 Property Awards ceremony dinner on 05 April.