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Carbon neutral learning centre to be built in Harrogate

Harrogate will be home to one of the greenest buildings in the UK when a carbon neutral learning centre and library is built.

The centre, to be built at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Harlow Carr Garden, will provide horticultural and environmental education to around 10,000 children a year.

Set to open in early 2010, the building will minimise its carbon footprint by using renewable energy resources, solar panels, a grey water system and recycled materials. It will be made using sustainable timber, clay blocks and a sedum roof among other materials.

The building is designed to use the thermal properties of the site, renewable energy resources, a grey water system, recycled materials and an imaginative response to biodiversity to maximize its energy efficiency and minimize its carbon footprint.

Applications include ground source heat pump, triple glazing, sedum roof, water harvesting, solar panels, wind turbine, sun pipes, cement replacement concrete, clay blocks, natural ventilation and timber from sustainable sources.

On 9 September the RHS will hold discussions with building professionals on the challenges of using energy-efficient processes, materials and equipment.

At the seminar, learning centre sub-contractors, manufacturers and suppliers will give a series of presentations, alongside speakers from the RHS. Guests will also be given a tour of the site by main contractor William Birch & Sons.

The event is part of a series of workshops supported by North Yorkshire County Council Community Fund and accredited by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). To attend, email: or tel (01423) 522363.

The CDP, which is not-for-profit organisation, monitors global corporate climate change through its database.

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