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Sticky tape helps architects create ‘the world’s most sustainable listed building’

5 October 2012 No Comment

The use of ‘sticky tape’ as window sealant could help the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) become one of the world’s most sustainable listed buildings.

The tape, which is “more sophisticated that it sounds” according to the project’s architects, is just one of many tricks being applied to the Old High School, South College Street, near Cowgate, reports scotsman.com.


World class energy efficient building

The project is aiming to be as low-budget as possible, finding innovative ways to turn the old 18th century drafty building into a thriving 21st century sustainable construction.

Attaining an “outstanding” rating from the British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), the world’s leading sustainability rating system for the built environment, will let the architecture firm Malcolm Fraser and Graham Construction know they’ve made their mark.

“People looking at it will not be able to see that it is a world class energy efficient building. A building doesn’t need to look like a spaceship to be energy efficient, but people tend to think that it does,” remarked project architect Calum Duncan.

Complications of refurbishing a listed building

Explaining the complications of the build, Mr Duncan said:

“This is a category B listed building which is draughty and leaky so we need to make the new and existing parts airtight. There’s a lot of sticky tape involved and airtight membranes [which are] developing technologies. The tape is more sophisticated that it sounds, but it is not a ‘look at me’ technology.”

According to sageforconstruction.co.uk, the ECCI should be completed and open to members of the public by summer 2013.

Author: Chris Taylor   Date Written: 04 Sept 2012

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