Jones Bros designed and constructed a renewable energy education centre at Aberthaw Power Station near Barry, South Wales.
A number of sustainable building technologies were installed in this bespoke project.
Recycled pulverised fuel ash from the power station provided material for the foundations and cement, and furnace bottom ash was used to construct the centre’s car park.
The building was insulated using recycled glass bottles and uses solar collectors to provide hot water. The education centre also has an environmentally friendly under-floor heating system, and rainwater from the roof is harvested and recycled.
The centre’s 15m fin also provides environmental benefits, housing energy-saving air heat pumps for the under-floor heating system, while roof-mounted cooling ducts are designed to catch the wind.