Energy efficient building in St Margaret's named a first in Europe
CUTTING-edge technology has made the Pines Calyx in St Margaret's the first "carbon negative and energy positive" building in Europe.
Installation of a solar PvT system – which generates both power and heat – and a water source heat pump means the property produces more energy than it consumes, taking it past zero carbon and into carbon negative.
Alistair Gould, chairman of The Bay Trust which owns the building, said: "From the beginning we have sought to apply every low impact approach to both the construction and use of the building.
"We're delighted that this imaginative and economic addition to the building means we have attained the rigorous target we set ourselves when we commenced this project 10 years ago.
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"Most importantly, over the next two years the building will be subject to close scrutiny from the Kent University's Department of Architecture whose team will be monitoring all aspects of the building's performance."
The Pines Calyx is at the centre of The Bay Trust's programme to create a site for sustainability education and healthy living. The building features rammed-chalk walls, a living roof, and is widely built from reused and repurposed materials, along with state-of-the-art technology to control lighting and other systems.
The Kent University team will monitor energy use over the next two years through a programme funded by The Technology Strategy Board.
Environmentalist Sir Crispin Tickell, Patron of the Bay Trust, visited the building last Friday to share the landmark news of the carbon negative status.
Plans are now on track for accommodation lodges with renewable energy to be built at the site during 2013-2014.
Find out more about the site at www.baytrust.org.uk