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Eco-friendly hall makes use of energy-saving sources

5 September 2011 No Comment

An environmentally-friendly village hall in Essex is set to open this week, making use of a number of eco-friendly building techniques.

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The Eco Social Centre in Highwood, near Chelmsford, takes advantage of nearly 80 panels of industrial roofing – which will account for 80 per cent of the site’s electricity and 60 per cent of its heating, cites BBC News. In addition, the centre features toilet cubicles made from old drinks bottles and car park blocks made from recycled plastic.

Low Carbon Buildings Programme

According to  waste-management-world.com, the local village community is planning to save five tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere thanks to these energy-saving measures. The local parish council needed seven years to raise the capital needed for the hall, which involved grants from EDF Energy, the government’s Low Carbon Buildings Programme, the Big Lottery Fund and Biffa.

Environmentally, economically and socially-sustainable

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Petra Pipkin, Highwood Village Hall Committee secretary, expressed her delight at the new village hall: “It’s been a very long process and we’ve had many milestones that we’ve had to achieve along the way, but I’m incredibly proud that at last we’ve got there.”

We wanted to show you could build a new facility to be sustainable long term and to work with the environment. So we wanted a building that was environmentally, economically and socially-sustainable.

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