King’s Cross Sport’s Hall had ambitious goals – both in terms of its unique design but importantly in its target to be a ‘near-zero’ embodied carbon building. We achieved this key aspiration and the results of an embodied carbon assessment after completion proved the building has extremely low embodied carbon as well as additional sequestration benefits.
To achieve this goal, several innovative features were incorporated into the design of the building. The building uses various technologies to make it as efficient as possible to heat and cool, including natural ventilation and mechanical heat recovery ventilation, all within a highly insulated and air tight envelope (the cross laminated timber envelope contributed to excellent air permeability of 0.95m2/hr/m3 @50Pa - nearing Passivhaus territory). Carefully designed glazing also provides ample daylight to the building while reducing heat gains.
The building is connected to the King’s Cross Central District Heating System and cooling network, eliminating the need for a conventional boiler in the building and reducing in-use emissions.