Devon Business & Education Centre is located in a rural part of East Devon and throughout its planning it was considered essential to minimise the Centre’s environmental footprint. This has been achieved through a number of ways:
- Energy efficiency. The building is of Passivhaus design and is highly energy efficient. The building is oriented to maximize solar gain and is very airtight to prevent heat loss. Heating is provided through a mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system which maintains temperatures at comfortable levels, although there is a small log burner as well.
- Biodiversity. Set within Devon farmland, the building sits next to a pond abundant with wildlife and has a sedum roof which provides an important microclimate for insects and birds.
- Sustainable travel. The Centre has significant use from local business people who want to co-work with others in an attractive location. Users can travel on foot, cycle and car drivers are encouraged to share journeys. There is an electric charging point for electric or hybrid vehicles.
- Supporting local priorities. The Centre was established with the help of Making It Local grant funding to help support Local priorities. Built with local builders and suppliers, the building is providing a space and expertise for the local community.
We were delighted to be shortlisted for the finals of the 2017 Devon Environmental Business Initiative in two award cetegories! It was very exciting to go to the Met Office to receive our awards!