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World’s Greenest Whisky Distillery Unveiled in Scotland

Posted By Hazel Saunderson On November 9, 2010 @ 6:45 pm In Architecture,Recycling initiatives,Renewable Energy,Sustainable Building | 7 Comments

Roseilsle, distillery, scotland, green architecture, design, whiskey, diageo, sustainable design, green design, green building [1] Image © Keith Hunter Photography [2]

Scotland has a long history of whisky production [3] and now the industry is brewing up a green future as drinks giant Diageo [4] 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 [5] 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!)

Roseilsle, distillery, scotland, green architecture, design, whiskey, diageo, sustainable design, green design, green building [6] Image © Keith Hunter Photography [2]

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 [7]: for example leftover barley grain will be used as biomass fuel [8]. 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).

+ Diageo [4]

+ Austin-Smith: Lord Architects [9]

Via World Architecture News [10]

Photos © Keith Hunter Photography [2]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-greenest-whisky-distillery-opens-in-scotland/ecodistillery-lead/

[2] Keith Hunter Photography: http://www.arcblue.com/keith-hunter/

[3] whisky production: http://inhabitat.com/2009/01/15/is-it-green-makers-mark/

[4] Diageo: http://www.diageo.com/en-row/Pages/default.aspx

[5] Austin-Smith: Lord Architects: http://www.austinsmithlord.com

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-greenest-whisky-distillery-opens-in-scotland/ecodistillery-ed01/

[7] bioenergy facility: http://inhabitat.com/2009/01/28/whisky-power-by-rothes-distillers-and-helius/

[8] biomass fuel: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/18/scottish-researchers-transform-whiskey-into-fuel/

[9] + Austin-Smith: Lord Architects : http://www.austinsmithlord.com/

[10] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=15041

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