Eco buildings are not just a fad anymore. They’re becoming an essential part of modern building design and construction and making a significant contribution towards the beauty and sustainability of their surroundings.
Let’s take a closer look at six great examples of eco building design around the UK.
Dalby Forest Visitor Centre
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Located in North Yorkshire, this new visitor centre was the recipient of the Better Public Building Award for 2007. The wood used to clad the structure came from the nearby forest, which also supplies the wood chips that power the boiler. Electricity is delivered via a series of photovoltaic panels and a micro wind turbine, and the toilets are flushed using rainwater collected from the roof. Even the reception desk is made from recycled materials- in this instance, mobile phones, old Wellington boots, and yoghurt pots.
The National Trust Headquarters
The National Trust headquarters in Swindon is arguably one of the greenest offices in the country, with 65% less carbon emissions than similar structures due to photovoltaic panels on the roof, which also supply nearly one-third of all the electricity needed. The building was made using eco-friendly materials such as water-based paints and PVC-free linoleum. Even the ventilation slots on the roof are made from recycled beer cans and the wool carpets were ‘donated’ by the Trust’s sheep flocks.
Cockermouth School Eco Centre
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This school in West Cumbria has its own Eden project. The eco centre has four biomes to duplicate different ecosystems, such as wet, alpine, and arid climates. The foundation’s paving slabs are recycled from an old cinema and the piles used to be food drums in a previous life. Outside, a wind turbine provides electricity for both lighting and supplementary heating.