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Building 12, the Open University

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Building 12 is a flagship environmental project, designed to function as an exemplar office development for the Open University’s estates department.  The building in Milton Keynes was one of the first in the UK to achieve a BREEAM sustainability rating of Outstanding.

The success of the building designed and delivered by Ridge lies in functionality, sustainability and low maintenance requirements. The building moderates its environment passively and uses little energy overall because of the design of the façade, choice of materials, shading devices and ventilation strategies.

The south, east and west facing elevations of the building are protected from solar gains by shades, whose exact colour and level of opacity was determined by a specialist study.  The result is an interior benefiting from uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape with reduced glare and without solar gain in summer.

Ventilation can be controlled locally by opening windows, ventilation louvres, stack louvres and sliding glass doors to the internal courtyards. The windows and ventilation louvres adjust for ventilation and night time cooling. The emphasis was on low-tech, which lowers the risk of failure.

Passive environmental design features also include a thermal mass construction, good provision of natural daylight, stack effect-driven air movement and high levels of thermal insulation.

The building’s passive systems were designed to be integrated and mutually compatible with a number of active environmental measures. These include renewable energy sources that generate electricity by photovoltaic panels and hot water from solar thermal panels and ground source heat pumps.

Building 12, The Open University - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Building 12, The Open University - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Building 12, The Open University - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Building 12, The Open University - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Building 12, The Open University - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Building 12, The Open University - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Building 12, The Open University - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Building 12, The Open University - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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