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18 Jun 2008 02:06:21

Low carbon office commended

Low carbon office commended
A low carbon office in Devon has been acknowledged for its eco-friendly building.

The Exmouth Herald has reported that Clinton Devon Estates won gold in the built environment and architectural heritage category for its headquarters in Bicton.

Among the environmental features commended by the judges was the use of recycled materials in the construction of the site, as well as a woodchip boiler that provides renewable energy to the building.

The Rolle estate office is also piloting a wind turbine that will provide electricity for the site, with a view to install it later this year.

In addition, a passive cooling system is used instead of air conditioning, while artificial lighting is replaced by making the most of natural light.

John Varley, estates director, described the building as stunning, contemporary and highly sustainable.

In this light, he commented: "We are all incredibly proud - although not surprised - that the Rolle estate office has captured the imagination of judges at a regional and international level.

"The team and myself are the real winners though, because we're lucky enough to work there."

Meanwhile, an eco village is to be created through the conversion of a Grade II listed hospital in Otley in order to provide affordable and sustainable properties in the area.

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