BSK-CIC opens sustainable construction centre
Build4 Sustainable Construction Demo Centre
The Build4 Sustainable Construction Demo Centre in Dover has been launched by community interest company BSK-CIC.
The centre forms part of the EU Interreg IVB funded CAPEM (Cycle Assessment Procedure for Eco Materials) project.
Build4 is one of two UK sustainable construction demonstration centres which will showcase construction eco-materials and provide hands-on-access to those that use them; such professionals include contractors, architects and engineers and students.
Located at an industrial unit in Dover, the Build4 centre has been fitted out with displays of sustainable building products including paints, insulation, timber, roof tiles, mortar, render and solar panels.
Visitors to the centre will have a single source of access to products that offer sustainable, commercially viable credentials.
One of six centres across Northern Europe, including France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany, showcasing environmentally sustainable building materials, Build4 also has the capacity to host small events, meetings, training and seminars.
The project, in line with CAPEM's methodology, is aimed to provide Life Cycle Analysis through assessment of the products.
BSK-CIC will be encouraging eco-material manufacturers to utilise the space for focus groups, exhibitions, and training in the use of the materials.
Further technical support for the eco-materials will be provided by UK project partner GreenSpec.
In delivering the Build4 centre, the project team has been collaborating with the Dover Skills Centre.
BSK-CIC has chosen graduate Neil Quinn of Central St Martins and Year 2 student Rafat Jahandideh of UCA-Canterbury, to provide the designs for the interior of the centre and for a series of demonstration units.
The demonstration units have been designed to showcase eco-materials that are already widely available as well as materials that are just emerging onto the market.
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