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The Wave

This 16,600sqm building has been built to house the Faculty of Social Sciences for the University of Sheffield. It has been designed and constructed to provide a highly sustainable environment which fosters collaborative working.

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BREEAM Outstanding | Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) | DSM | Higher Education


As lead sustainability consultants and BREEAM assessors, Viro worked with the design team from preparation and the briefing stage to ensure sustainability objectives were clearly set out and delivered.

The unique architecture designed by HLM Architects has not only provided a landmark building for the university but also provides a supportive space for students, staff and the local community.

With the use of Integrated Environmental Services (IES), Virtual Environment (VE), software, many design iterations occurred throughout the RIBA Stages to ensure good design was achieved.

We were able to guide the design team through appropriate measures to achieve relevant BREEAM credits, along with exploring options to satisfy thermal comfort targets within the building;

Daylight analysis was also explored to demonstrate the need for artificial lighting in areas that were receiving insufficient natural daylight.

These services alongside the BREEAM co-ordination and assessment, have ensured the building has achieved a BREEAM Outstanding at design stage.  


Sheffield, UK


University of Sheffield

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