Developer plans world’s most sustainable residential building
Photo courtesy of Lumiere Developments
Those seeking a luxury lifestyle no longer have to compromise on their environmental impact as plans for constructing the world’s most sustainable residential tower have been announced.
The Beacon is a 17-story tower that is to be built in Hemel Hempstead, England, by Lumiere Developments, reports Blue and Green Tomorrow.
Promising to save its residents around nearly $14,000 per year in living expenses, the development is offering free energy for life. While some sustainable developments might include one of two green features, the Beacon claims to be the first of its kind to be emission free and A-rated neutral, the website said. It encompasses all that one would expect from a sustainable building, including triple-glazed windows and rainwater harvesting, but also includes some unique offerings. It will feature the highest density solar farm in the world, kicking out 0.8mw on less than 0.5 acres.
It will also heat water for the residents using ground source heat pumps and create the perfect environment in each apartment using an innovative mechanical heat and ventilation recovery system. To foster a sense of community and provide a green space for its residents, it will include the UK’s largest indoor arboretum, and in the basement, a fully robotic parking system will make space for 319 cars on less than half an acre.
Not content with creating 272 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, the development will be an all-encompassing community offering social areas, a rooftop garden and cafe and bar areas.
Ambi Singh, commercial director of Lumiere Developments, said, “Using The Beacon as a blueprint for zero-carbon residential development, we will be rolling out this unique mixture of sustainable technology and building practice across our future projects and ultimately hope that we inspire other developers to build significantly more high-quality sustainable homes across the property spectrum from affordable to luxury.”
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