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University set to be ‘greenest’ in the Colchester region

1 February 2013 No Comment

A new university building is set to be the ‘greenest’ in the area.

The three-storey University of Essex building, which will cost £21 million, will use renewable technology and an energy-efficient design.

A beacon for sustainable design

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In particular, it will feature a ‘green’ transparent roof, which will be made from self-cleaning and recyclable fluorne-based plastic. The sustainable construction will also use photovoltaic solar panels, whilst the building will be constructed from sustainably sourced materials.

Furthermore, the building will be specifically shaped so that it benefits from the most daylight and ventilation as possible, to save on energy costs.

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University’s sustainable principles and commitment

New features which will appear in the new building include as a 200-seater lecture theatre, learning and teaching areas, common rooms and seminar rooms.

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Talking about the new development, Essex Business School director, Professor Michael Sherer told eadt.co.uk:

“This will be an outstanding building which will provide a beacon for sustainable design in the region and beyond, while offering exceptional facilities to students and staff at out university.”

He continued: “I am pleased our sustainable principles and our commitment to recognising the social, ethical and environmental implications of business practices have heavily influenced the designs for this new university building.”

The new building will feature on the University Colchester campus, according to build.co.uk.

Author: Samantha Bartlett    Date Written: 1 February 2013

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