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SEPA hope the building, in Aberdeen, will become ‘a trend setter in ecological design and operation’ after it was officially opened yesterday (May 10).

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.”

Luke Walsh

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