Cardiff's Senedd building receives energy rating upgrade

The Senedd building, home of the National Assembly for Wales, is now officially one of the most energy-efficient public structures in the UK.

Situated in Cardiff Bay, the building recently had its Display Energy Certificate rating upgraded from a C to a B in recognition of its impressive green credentials.

Energy-saving features built into the Senedd, which houses the National Assembly's debating chamber and three committee rooms, include a biomass boiler, a geothermal heat pump and a rainwater harvesting system.

Opened in 2006, the Senedd also uses reflective tubes to channel natural light into the building and has movement sensors to switch off lightbulbs when they are not needed.

Commenting on the energy rating upgrade, commissioner for the Sustainable Assembly Lorraine Barrett said: "It reinforces the belief that the Senedd was built to be open, accessible and sustainable for future generations in Wales."

She went on to describe the structure as "a leading light in environmentally-aware building design".

The Senedd is part of a complex that also includes Ty Hywel and the Pierhead Building, which also recently improved its Display Energy Certificate rating from C to B.

Published by Richard Bailey

Friday 30th October 2009

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