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Work starts at energy efficient new home for Punch Taverns

Ashford Construction has started work on the new £7million headquarters being built for Punch Taverns in Burton-upon-Trent and is aiming for a BREEAM Excellent rating.

A company spokesman said: “Ashford Construction is seeking to maximize the rating where possible with the intention of obtaining an “Excellent”, reinforcing our commitment to sustainable construction.

“The building is being designed to perform well in advance of building regulations energy standards though enhanced and automated control of lighting and HVAC systems. Solar panels will be used to provide hot water requirements.”

The building has been orientated to minimise solar gain in the summer while maximising the amount of daylight coming into the property.

Other sustainable features being introduced include a water management system to monitor and minimise consumption while alerting the householder to any leaks. This system will also include rainwater harvesting.

Construction work is expected to be completed next summer.