CO2 Zero - the Environment Centre (tEC)

Located on a brownfield site in the centre of Bristol the establishment consists of office space under a series of two bedroom flats. The establishment reaches a Code Level 5 (according to the Code for Sustainable Homes) and is the first private residential development to do so.

Passive Measures:
  • Passive solar design
  • Rainwater harvesting and recycling
  • The units have been constructed with pre-fabricated solid cross (FSC) timber, from a sustainable source with external insulation.
Renewable Technologies Employed:
  • Low energy LED lighting
  • PV Panels.
  • Biomass pellet boiler
  • Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) incorporated with a heater coil for space heating and weather compensated control
  • Low energy white goods
  • Green roof
  • Low flow rate sanitary ware
  • Rooflights are triple glazed with seals against weather and draught. The windows are also triple glazed.
  • External doors are fully insulated
  • High levels of insulation have been implemented with low air-permeability
Challenges Encountered:
Space was limited and so became a difficulty with regards to installing the renewable technologies. Problems were also encountered concerning conflicts of interest such as requirements for wheelchair access on spatially constrained sites.
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