The Environment Agency in Bristol has built what is claimed to be the greenest office building in the country.
The office achieved the highest-ever score awarded by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for its environmental credentials, 85.06% under Breeam 2006 assessment method.
Located in Deanery Road, Bristol, the Environment Agency`s office harvests rainwater, while electricity usage is minimised by intelligent lighting systems. A ground source heat pump reduces heating and cooling costs.
The use of recycled materials and management of energy resources on site has reduced the environmental impact of building the offices. A ceremony will take place to mark the completion of the building’s external structure.
“This achievement demonstrates how organisations can work with developers to build exceptional offices which meet their needs whilst reducing their impact on the environment,” said the Environment Agency`s chief executive Paul Leinster. “By relocating to a more efficient building the Environment Agency will save around 10% every year on operational and energy costs, an estimated £180,000 saving per year.”