Work has started on the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Innovation Park at Ravenscraig in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
The two-acre site's carbon neutral Visitor Centre will be the first of five buildings to be constructed and was designed by BRE and its partners CCG Scotland Off-site Manufacturing Team and Kraft Architecture with a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating in mind.
Its features include highly insulated building fabric, zoned lighting and heating systems and renewable energy generation to meet the building's energy demands.
Commenting on achieving the BREEAM accreditation, project leader David Kelly said: "To achieve BREEAM 'Outstanding', we analysed various iterations of the structure and its M&E requirements using SBEM modelling. This informed the final design and materials’ specification."
The demonstration development is designed to give an insight into the future delivery of sustainable building and will be opened by Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond in September.
Following this, four full-scale demonstration houses will be built.
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