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The Super Green Cley Marshes Visitor Center

Posted By Haily Zaki On October 30, 2008 @ 5:00 am In Architecture,Green Design Competitions,green roof,Sustainable Building | 2 Comments

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Birds and ornithologists [2] alike have long favored Cley Marsh [3] in Norfolk, England as a prime place to roost, but the windswept East Anglian wetland now has a new attraction. The Cley Marsh Visitor Center, [4] owned by Norfolk Wildlife Trust [5] and designed by LSI Architects [6], was recently named the best Sustainable Development by the prestigious Emirates Glass LEAF Awards [7] which recognize excellence in international architecture, design, and building fields. Tucked neatly into the landscape and capped by a moss roof, the new visitor center stands as a unique example of how a combination of sustainable technologies can be used successfully in environmentally-sensitive locations.

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LSI [6] was tasked with designing a new building that would accommodate hordes of visitors while minimize its environmental impact upon its delicate wetland surroundings. The cutting-edge, sustainable visitors center is completely off-the-grid and supremely energy-efficient, generating its own heat and power through the combined use of a wind turbine, solar panels and a ground source heat pump [8].

Inspired by the local landscape and topography, a sedum [9] moss roof [10] runs in a gentle curve over a strip of frameless glazing, which allows un-interrupted views of to the nature reserve. Rainwater from the green roof [11] is collected and recycled for use in ‘flushing the loos’. It’s estimated that the carbon footprint of the building is reduced by 80% compared to a building relying on non-renewable energy sources. Completed in 2007, the Cley Marsh Visitor Center is approximately 2,368 square feet (22o square meters) and cost about $1 million (650,000 GBP) to build.

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/30/cley-marshes-visitor-centre/

[2] ornithologists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cley_next_the_Sea

[3] Cley Marsh: http://www.bbc.co.uk/norfolk/nature/cley.shtml

[4] Cley Marsh Visitor Center,: http://www.lsiarchitects.co.uk/projects.php?area=proj8cm&thumb=1&text=2

[5] Norfolk Wildlife Trust: http://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/

[6] LSI Architects: http://www.lsiarchitects.co.uk/

[7] Emirates Glass LEAF Awards: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=10538

[8] ground source heat pump: http://www.igshpa.okstate.edu/geothermal/faq.htm

[9] sedum: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/Ptlk/1046.html

[10] moss roof: http://www.mossacres.com/green_roof_moss.asp

[11] green roof: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/28/california-academy-of-sciences-green-roof/

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