A new and distinctive business development is set to become the gateway into Long Sutton and to reduced energy bills for businesses.
The official opening of CaNeBuZo (Carbon Neutral Business Zone) – seven individual business units described by project managers Lincolnshire County Council as like a “giant storage heater” – takes place next week.
Created and designed by SEArch Architects of Long Sutton, the opening ceremony takes place on Friday, September 12 at 11.30am.
Lewis Mason, the council’s economic infrastructure officer, said: “We were approached by a private developer in the area who had the idea to build some eco offices.
“The council went into partnership with the developer and the units were built over the last two years.
“The main potential for businesses is to operate and work from a unit unlike anything else in the UK, resulting in low to zero energy costs by not having to pay any gas or electricity bills.
“This is because the units heat themselves as they have been constructed out of energy-absorbing concrete blocks, super-insulated on the outside and then covered with earth.”
The opening ceremony will include a networking lunch, exhibition and tour of the site, as well as a guest appearance by the UK’s Green Poet, Martin Kiszko.
Lewis said: “CaNeBuZo acts like a giant storage heater, absorbing all forms of heat generated in the building, storing it in the building mass and then releasing it when outside temperatures drop.
“As a result, they have been given an A+ energy performance rating, meaning they have a below-zero carbon footprint that makes them some of the greenest commercial buildings in the UK.”