Agency opens doors to sustainability

Published on Thursday, 08 September 2011 11:44
Posted by Scott Buckler

Members of the public are being offered the unique opportunity to explore one of the UK’s greenest office buildings. This Saturday, the Environment Agency, will open the doors of its new head office, Horizon House, as part of Bristol Doors Open Day


The occasion marks the completion of the Environment Agency’s move to its new head office in the centre of Bristol.
Horizon House was built with sustainability at its heart. It sends a clear signal to developers that being ‘green’ makes business sense.  As part of its development, more than 85 per cent of the demolished building that formerly occupied the site was recycled.

This new building incorporates the latest in environmental design and technology. Its ‘green’ features include:
• Ground source heat pumps, which supplement heating and cooling, contributing 17.5 per cent of the building’s annual energy requirements;
• Over 100m2 of solar panels which convert sunlight into electricity and hot water;
• Rainwater harvesting, which has so far reduced our water consumption by close to 70 per cent;
• Natural ventilation through automated windows; and
• Intelligent lighting systems to reduce energy consumption.

The move to a smaller, more efficient building is contributing important savings to the running costs of the Environment Agency and is part  of a continuing drive to improve efficiency and sustainability across the Environment Agency.

Paul Leinster, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency said: “We are delighted to welcome the public to Horizon House on Saturday. We hope that the achievements here inspire other organisations to reduce their impact on the environment, and also save money.
“Visitors will have an opportunity to see how we’re reducing our environmental impact. They’ll also get an insight into the vital work of the Environment Agency protecting the environment and reducing the risk of flooding.”

Over the last five years the Environment Agency has reduced its carbon emissions by 17 per cent, reduced energy consumption in buildings by 15 per cent and cut the use of mains water by 18 per cent.

Horizon House is located in Bristol city centre on Deanery Road (BS1 5AH). The building will be open between 10:00 and 16:00 on Saturday 10th September.  Environment Agency staff will be offering tours to members of the public throughout the day. During these tours, visitors will be shown many of the green features of the office as well as some of the operational areas. Visitors are also welcome to spend time at their leisure in the ground floor atrium, where they will be able to learn more about the Environment Agency’s work, and on the roof terrace, where they will have great views of the city.

Source: Environment Agency

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