STAY, SPEND - The Living Rainforest

Report
Greening the Greenhouse
Integrated Greenhouse Project
EC LIFE05 ENV/UK/998
Greening the Greenhouse
September 2006
Mission
Exploring the links between
rainforests, people and nature
through education, conservation and
sustainable living
The Rainforest
is a Metaphor
Destructive human
activities and ways of life
are destroying fragile
ecosystems
Society needs to improve
• energy use
• building practices
• economic practices
The Living Rainforest –
A Potted History
mid-1900s – ‘Wyld Court Orchids’ established
1993 – ‘Wyld Court Rainforest’ visitor centre opened
2000 – Living Rainforest charity established
2003 – SEEDA provided funding to prepare EC funding bid
2004 – National Lottery funded Integrated Greenhouse Project,
Phase 1 (Human Impact Building)
2005 – EC funded Integrated Greenhouse Project, Phase 2
(Green Greenhouse)
2006 – Human Impact Building opened
2008 – Green Greenhouse scheduled to open
Six Themes …
to Bring Sustainability Alive
helping people explore global & local connections
Project Partners
Financial Supporters
LIFE instrument of the European Community
Millennium Commission / National Lottery
DTI
SEEDA
Vodafone UK Foundation
Greenham Common Trust
Partners
Pilkington Glass
Tourism South East
TV Energy
Wageningen University (NL)
Integrated
Greenhouse
Project Phase I
Our heating journey
from fossil fuel to biofuel
The first public indoor garden / zoo
to convert to biomass heating
Wood-chip Heating
CO2 emissions per unit of energy supplied
450
Grams of CO2 per kWh
400
350
Woodfuelled heat
300
Wind power
250
Solar PV m-si
200
Solar PV p-Si
150
Natural gas heating
Light fuel oil heating
100
50
0
Prototype I
The Human Impact Building
A place to explore and connect
Sustainable timber structure and
recycled materials
Passive ventilation and solar design
Solar PV helps power the building
Green energy and building exhibits
Integrated
Greenhouse
Project Phase II
Prototype II
The Green Greenhouse
‘Closed’ greenhouse design – storing excess summer
heat for winter re-use across our site. This is of major
interest to commercial growers in Europe.
Final design options are currently being evaluated
Construction due to begin Sept 2007
£5 million budget (only £0.5 million still to be raised)
Further information www.livingrainforest.org

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