Teesdale community group plans eco-centre

A community composting group in Teesdale, County Durham, is planning to build an eco-centre with the ambition of showcasing the best in environmentally friendly designs.

For the last 20 years, the Teesdale Community Volunteers – also known as ‘The Rotters’ – have been operating out of a small office near the village of Startforth, but the building has reached the end of its lifespan.

In a new initiative, the group aims to replace their current premises with a self-sustainable, low-cost and eco-friendly building. Architects in Chester, Teesdale and other parts of the UK are increasingly focused on future-proofing their designs with sustainable features that consider the environment, in line with the government’s green agenda.

The schematics for the new building include a living roof and a wall entirely covered with plant life. A greenhouse is also to be incorporated for vegetable growing and solar panels fitted to steep roofing will provide an alternative energy source.

Spokesperson for the group, Martin Bacon, commented:

“We wanted something that can demonstrate what is practical and what is useful.”

Another element of the design includes a monitoring station, where the amounts of solar energy generated will be recorded, as well as how much grey and black water is produced. While black water is unusable waste, grey water can be recycled on site and used in irrigating areas such as the greenhouse.

As well as new offices, the plans also feature a teaching area for the community group to run training sessions and workshops on a variety of useful skills, from chicken hutch construction to beekeeping.

Posted by Mark
July 27, 2020
Sustainability

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