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Case Study Visits – Plumpton College
Our series of events ‘Case Study Site Visits’ held on behalf of the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform continued in July with a trip to Plumpton College hosted by Don Cranfield and Geoff Gregory. Situated in the South Downs Plumpton College provides further and higher education courses, as a land-based college Plumpton is invested in the environment and sustainability.
Recent expansion has enabled the college to embed sustainable technologies into buildings during the design process.
The Wine Studies Centre features a sedum roof to provide natural insulation as well as helping the building to blend in with the surrounding land, sun tubes also bring in natural day light and reduce the need for electric lighting. Ground source heat pumps located under nearby fields are used to provide heat to the building through underfloor heating.
A biomass wood chip boiler has been installed during the build of new machinery workshops, this is used to provide heating and hot water to the workshop and classroom.
Water for the site is provided from a borehole and rain water is also harvested from rooves of the riding schools and stored where it can then be used to dampen the riding surface.
2 arrays of Solar PV also provide some of the electricity for the site and solar thermal panels provide heating and hot water to the old hostel, the solar thermal panels preheat water before it enters the main tank for final heating which reduces the energy required to get it up to the required temperature.
Many buildings onsite also feature double glazing, loft and cavity wall insulation and thermostatic radiator valves and lighting sensors. A building management system is also in place which monitors and controls heating, cooling and lighting.
The ‘Case Study Visits’ series of events continues with a visit to Roffey Park. Details.
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The Sustainable Business Network is pleased to be working in partnership with the Green Growth Platform to run a series of networking events, site tours and specialist seminars: www.sustainablebusiness.org.uk/network.