Lee Valley Athletics Centre achieves an excellent DEC rating
The innovative design for the Lee Valley Athletics Centre (LVAC) by David Morley Architects has achieved the highest DEC (Display Energy Certificate) rating - grade A on a scale of A-G; demonstrating a very low annual CO2 emission and energy consumption. DECs are now required for all public buildings, and only the top 1% achieved the A grade.
Lee Valley Athletics Centre, which opened in 2007, is the only elite athletics training centre in the South East and is a key facility for British athletes aiming to compete in the 2012 Olympics. Three of the four British track and field medallists at Beijing train there. It also hosts a variety of community and other uses - some of which target people who have never tried in athletics before.
The Centre demonstrates how an A-rated DEC can be achieved with an integrated design approach. The reduction of CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels leading to global warming is a key imperative for society and for the construction of a sustainable building. In support of this goal to make new buildings achieve higher environmental standards, the design of the Lee Valley Athletics Centre incorporates a variety of energy saving measures that have helped it to achieve an A-rated Display Energy Certificate (based on independently verified actual meter readings). This was done in a number of different ways, outlined below.