Scotland's environmental watchdog gets new green home
Scotland's Environmental Protection Agency is leading by example after moving into a new green building.
The ceremony was carried out by Scotland's cabinet secretary for rural affairs and the environment Richard Lochhead.
On time and within a budget of £12.5M the building, called Inverdee House, is a joint initiative between the agency and Grampian Housing Association (GHA).
The building, constructed on a brownfield site, features rain water harvesting, can generate its own renewable power and is naturally ventilated.
SEPA's chairman, David Sigsworth, said: "Everyone who has been involved in this project is extremely proud of all that has been achieved here, and especially of Inverdee House's green credentials.
"Built on a brownfield site, Inverdee House provides state-of-the-art facilities while achieving excellent standards of energy efficiency and environmental performance.
"It will generate its own energy from wind and solar power and is heated by a low carbon biomass boiler.
"Harvesting rainwater and recycling waste water provides around 60% of its total water use. It is naturally ventilated, and wherever possible naturally lit."
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