Possible most sustainable building in the country given green light

In Norwich, the University of East Anglia has recently received approval for its £8m Enterprise Centre, which looks likely to become the greenest commercial building in Britain.

Created by the Architype firm, the centre will be the first commercial building in the UK to earn ‘outstanding’ ratings in BREEAM and Passivhaus assessments. Passivhaus measures the energy efficiency of buildings, while BREEAM examines their environmental credentials. The effects of climate change have been taken into account when designing the new building and the architects expect it will maintain its Passivhaus rating until the year 2080.

A number of natural building materials are to be included in the development, which is scheduled for completion at the beginning of 2015. Wood, straw and reeds will all form part of the structure and local sourcing of materials is one of the priorities. Solar-powered heating and triple glazing, along with a mechanical ventilation system, will ensure that the air inside the building is changed regularly while the temperature is maintained at comfortable levels.

When in use, the Enterprise Centre will house classrooms, communal spaces and a lecture theatre, as well as offices. The Centre for the Built Environment will have its headquarters in the building, where it will carry out research on sustainable construction materials.

Those planning developments in the Chester area, for example, might like to incorporate energy-efficient and environmentally friendly principles into their own building designs, and this is best achieved by contacting a reputable Chester architect.

Posted by Mark
June 14, 2013

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