Tata Steel builds a green future with award-winning zero carbon building
Imagine a building development which is so environmentally-friendly that it’s not just carbon neutral, but carbon negative?
Welcome to Tata Steel’s new £12.2m site in Port Talbot, featuring its steelworks stores, visitor centre and training centre, which thanks to a whole host of green initiatives has a -0.6 CO2 emission rate, making it the largest carbon negative development in Wales.
So just how has an industrial steel manufacturer made such a positive impact on the environment…?
The answer lies within the local environment itself. Tata Steel’s adjacent steelmaking plant provides all the electricity and water the new development needs. Excess steam from the blast furnace is routed to the new site and converted into low-pressure hot water, whilst it’s powered by cleverly converting flared gas from steelmaking plant into electricity.
This carbon negative building is a real positive for Tata Steel
The entire site is made using Tata Steel building envelope products, including its Trisomet® 333 System insulated roof panels, Trimapanel® insulated wall panels, ComFlor® composite floor decking, Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® and Colorcoat Prisma® pre-finished steel cladding.
Ongoing low-maintenance costs are ensured at the site thanks to the use of materials rated A/A+, whilst the use of recycled Tata steel products to divert all site waste from landfill have positively contributed to the site’s zero carbon label.
No surprise then that the finished site achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating, an A+ energy rating certificate and a variety of environmental accolades including CIBSE South Wales Sustainable Project of the Year 2012.
A site so green it’s making a minus carbon footprint
The site is a shining example not only of how innovative steel solutions work together with traditional construction methods to produce outstanding results, but how creating energy efficient buildings doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Turning the industry green – Tata Steel leads the way with zero carbon site
And other manufacturers could soon be copying Tata Steel’s example. The new site has been registered as an Exemplar Project, a status which means it’s so good, everyone in the industry should follow suit. Once again Tata Steel has shown its metal as the industry leader – isn’t it great that a carbon negative result, results in something so positive?