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Plans approved for UK’s ‘Best Green Building’

3 July 2013 No Comment

Plans have been approved for what is set to be the UK’s best commercial green building, according to cleantechnica.com.

Norwich councillors have given the go-ahead for the £8 million Norwich Research Park (NRP) Enterprise Centre, which is being launched by the University of East Anglia. The eco-friendly building is set to be the first in the UK to gain both a Passivhaus, as well as a BREEAM Outstanding rating.


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Such green measures that will be included in the facility are photovoltaic panels, triple-glazed windows, solar heating and mechanical ventilation. The centre will be used to house both commercial and academic offices, as well as being the home to the Centre for the Built Environment. This will conduct tests on sustainable construction materials, as well as promote their use.

Eco-friendly build set to achieve both Passivhaus and BREEAM

Talking about the development, associate director of the project, Ben Humphries, told designbuildsource.com.au:

“It was very important for the client to achieve both Passivhaus and Breeam. Passivhaus is all about the energy and comfort… but Breeam has other components so it was very important to have it all.”

Experts from the East Anglia University are helping with the project, especially to help introduce measures which will help the building cope under climate change condition. The building’s design should meet Passivhaus standards up until 2080, according to Humphries.

Author: Samantha Bartlett    Date Written: 3 July 2013

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