My recent visit to the Christmas Food & Drink Fair at the EPIC Centre in Lincoln was a delight. As it was my first visit, instead of spending all of my time eating and drinking my way around, I found myself reading about (and being impressed by) the building’s green credentials.
The building’s main source of heating is via a Biomass boiler, burning woodchip from trees grown on locally managed woodland. Solar power provides an additional heat source. In addition, structural timber from sustainably managed Eastern European forests was used to construct the building. This replaced the recycled steel fabrication and meant that up to six times less energy was required for its production, compared to steel.
As well as the regional economic benefits of a venue that showcases the county’s innovative and dynamic businesses, it’s good to see the environmental benefits at the heart of developments like this. With reduced running costs for energy, water and waste It’s not just about being kind to the environment – it makes good business sense too.