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Essex business school to incorporate sustainable technologies

A new £21m building project in Colchester is to feature sustainable design and will include low and zero-carbon technologies.

Work is due to start in September on the landmark building at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus. It is due to be completed in 2014.

At the heart of the concept is a winter garden which will act as an environmental buffer zone, supporting the passive ventilation and heating strategy of the three storey building.

The project aims to achieve an Excellent BREEAM rating – the internationally-recognised system for assessing sustainable buildings.

School director Professor Michael Sherer said it would be a leading example of sustainable construction which supports the school’s mission to to be one of the greenest business schools in the UK.

The building will include smart meters and a ground source heat pump.