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City of York Council help reduce the City’s carbon emissions

City of York Council

12:58pm 22nd December 2011

City of York Council is leading by example to help reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2020.

To demonstrate the council’s commitment to renewable energy the new West Offices building will have solar panels (PV panels) installed. 

The PV panels will score the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of the building as excellent, or class ‘A’, which is the highest rating that can be achieved.

Adding the PV panels will also help to ensure that the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), which is a voluntary measurement rating for green buildings, is also rated as excellent.

The panels will be installed on to the south facing slopes of the central roof and will comprise of 208 panels, with 16 panels in pairs on 13 of the 17 bays.

Cllr Julie Gunnell, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, said:

“This will be a major achievement for a building of this type and will out perform typical newly built buildings. The move to the new building will not only save council tax payers at least £17m over the next 25 years, but will also enable us to work more efficiently and effectively, providing a one-stop-shop for customers wanting to access council services. The initiative will also see the council move from 16 buildings to just four.”

The installation of PV panels will generate an income of approx £13,000 from the government backed Feed in Tariff payment scheme for 25-years and make additional savings of approx £3,500 per annum (at current prices) in offsetting grid electricity. 

The new headquarters building is located in the city centre and will contain a purpose built York Customer Centre, with modern, flexible business and staff facilities.

The overall £43.8m project forms part of a wider transformation programme which aims to introduce new and more efficient ways of working, using new technology and will see the council move from sixteen buildings to just four.

The new building is expected to be handed over to the council at the end of September 2012, with a phased move of council staff and services from next autumn until early 2013.

Miller Construction are the main contractors on the West Officers project and were appointed by York Investors LLP, which together with Buccleuch Property and York company S Harrison Developments Ltd, comprises the West Offices development team.

These works also tie in with the council’s corporate climate change priorities and the city’s climate change framework and action plan.

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