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Scotland has a long history of whisky production and now the industry is brewing up a green future as drinks giant Diageo recently unveiled their £40 million environmentally friendly Roseisle Distillery in Elgin. As the first distillery to be built in Scotland in 30 years, this innovative project designed by Austin-Smith: Lord Architects combines modern environmental technologies with traditional distilling techniques. The building has been a awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ award, so we can certainly say ‘Slange Var’ to that! (Scottish dialect for cheers!)
This fantastic distillery will ensure that people worldwide can continue to enjoy the benefits of a ‘wee whisky dram’ by increasing Diageo’s production capacity by 10 million litres a year. The new design combats inefficiencies in the traditional manufacturing process and ensures that a number of by-products are recycled on-site in a bioenergy facility: for example leftover barley grain will be used as biomass fuel. In addition, water reclamation measures will save up to 300,000 cubic meters of water per year.
The distillery has already won a number of prestigious honors including the Scottish Design Award 2010 (Commercial Project) and the RICS Scotland 2010 Award (Sustainability Project of the Year and overall Project of the Year).
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