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Greenest toilet praised

THE greenest toilets in Sussex have scooped one of two sustainability awards for their ecological design. The new eco loos at the South of England Centre, in Ardingly, have been honoured by the local planning authority.

Mid Sussex District Council said the environmentally-friendly design by Bolney-based Ecotecture was one of the most sustainable developments in the whole district. The news comes as no surprise to the architects who are active members of the AECB, the world’s oldest sustainable building association. Fellow member, Nick Pople, from Nicholas Pople Architects, won the other sustainability award for his design of the Hoathly Hill wood-ship boiler.

“Modern, practical and with sustainability to the fore, that’s the criteria which we adopted”, says Ecotecture’s founder Jo Saady. “And we are absolutely thrilled that they have received this prestigious honour to recognise our deep-rooted commitment to sustainable design and build.”

Externally akin to a giant seed pod, an agricultural material called Onduline was used in an innovative way to give the toilet roof an organic, curved form which is tastefully in keeping with the rural location of the agricultural showground.

Many of the building’s secrets lie inside, and everything possible was included in the design to make the toilets ecologically sound, all for the same price as it would have cost to construct a standard toilet block. Full details are available from the firm’s online forum at www.ecotecture.co.uk/blog <http://www.ecotecture.co.uk/blog>

“We worked extremely hard to make every part of this project work for its money”, explains Ecotecture’s Jake White who is passionate about architectural designs which limit environmental impact. “The result is the greenest, most environment conscious that we could achieve, and without it costing any more than being non-green.”

Water conservation, as you would expect, is to the fore. From waterless urinals to using rainwater harvested from the roof, every element of the design has been meticulously thought through.

“The solar panels on the roof heat water which is stored in a super-insulated tank”, explains Jake. “While ventilation is controlled by roof vents which open relative to the heat of the sun.” Elsewhere, sheep’s wool is used for insulation and so called ‘bib taps’ provide bubbling, aerated water for even greater conservation.

Ecotecture is passionate about creating buildings that inspire us to live more environmentally sound lives, from small house extensions to large community structures.

Email: jake@ecotecture.co.uk


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