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The Eco-station demonstrates how a redundant facility, in this case the disused fire station, can be transformed into an environmentally-friendly centre with a drastically reduced carbon footprint. And the Exhibition House demonstrates low-carbon living and is open to the public.
The Eco-station hosts an interactive exhibition, a lecture room, an activity room and office space. It also houses the Woolmer Forest Heritage Society’s collection.
The Eco-station also reguarly hosts a wide range of events, details of which can be found on the events page.
The Exhibition House is a showcase of what can be achieved through intelligent green design. It will include features such as rainwater harvesting, super insulation and a winter garden.
The Eco-station started life in 1906 as a Ministry of Defence fire station. Having been left redundant for seven years the building has been transformed into a hub set to become the centre of the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Project.
It will house an interactive exhibition which has been created with the help of youngsters from local schools and local residents.
It will also hold office space which will be used by members of the project team. It will also hold a lecture room, an activity room and the Woolmer Forest Heritage Society’s collection.
Various events will be taking place in the coming weeks including drop-in sessions to look around the exhibition and to find out more about the regeneration project or ask questions.
The refurbishment has made the building far more efficient. Reducing carbon emissions by 40% and reducing energy consumption required to heat the building by 50%.
As the work to make the building more energy efficient took place, most of the site waste was recycled, reclaimed or sold locally.
Some of the features that make the building more energy efficient include:
- Insulating floors in the exhibition space, lecture room and south wing
- Cavity wall insulation throughout the building
- Insulation to inner face of external walls in former appliance bay and lecture room
- Roof insulation
- Energy efficient lighting and heating
- Gas condensing boilers
- Double glazing
The Exhibition House, which is on the grounds of the Eco-station has been built as an exhibit but in the future will become a family home.
The house has been designed using the latest green technology and meets the code for sustainable homes (level five).
It has been designed so that it reduces energy consumption and does not require a conventional central heating system.
Heat will be gathered from the kitchen and bathroom and will be redistributed to the living spaces during the day and into the evening.
Some of its features include:
- The inter-seasonal heat store which is designed to store hot water during the summer to store in the winter
- The rainwater harvesting system collects rainwater from the roof and uses it to flush the toilets
- The south facing ‘Trombé wall’ is designed to trap and store heat from the sun and slowly release it towards the interior
- The winter garden helps to heat the house in the winter and allows for flexible changes in the way space is used at other times in the year