A “living laboratory” for green building technologies is a step closer to reality with backing from Cornwall planners and the wider community.
The Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust (CSBT) has been developing its Green Build Hub concept – planned for a site at The Eden Project – for more than a year and chief executive Paul Bright says trustees are delighted by the vote of support.
“This is an exciting time for CSBT and Cornwall to lead the way in sustainable construction,” he said.
“The Green Build Hub provides Cornwall with the opportunity to showcase a whole range of sustainable building techniques and materials available to those working in construction and to the general public.”
The aim is for the facility to become a ‘living laboratory’ for the growing green building market in Cornwall and beyond, testing new technologies as they come onto the market.
Once complete, it will be occupied by CSBT and its allied companies – Sustain Cornwall Ltd and SW Ecowarehouse, an online database of sustainable products and services.
The Hub will be fully accessible to the public and both a meeting and training venue for current and aspiring green builders.
The project has been brought to planning approval by a collaboration of CSBT, ID+EA, Ocean Design Consultancy and Ward Williams Associates, with The Eden Project agreeing to a 99-year lease on the site.