Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the main justifications for the new Civic Centre, and one I promised to cover. Whilst I accept this is a subject of little interest to Brent Green Party, I hope others will be interested.
As a BREEAM Outstanding building, the new Civic Centre will use every imaginable device to reduce emissions. The building is designed so that it should only require mechnaical ventilation on one or two days a year (although encroaching climate change may alter that).There will be an air source heat pump. The lighting will be low zoned and equipped with sensors. There will be a bio-fuel based boiler, possibly using fish oil. This could be connected to the other buildings in the Wembley area as part of a district heating scheme (which is envisaged in the Wembley Masterplan). The new building will also be equipped with a comprehensive suite of paperless technology which is already being rolled out across Brent Council.
This is in addition to measures to discourage car use, which reduce transport related carbon emissions.
Altogether, the new Civic Centre should be by far the biggest single contributor to cutting Brent Council's carbon footprint.