The Eden Campus Energy Centre, an office and meeting space designed by Echo Living, is a true reflection of St Andrews's aim to be the first UK university that is carbon neutral. This unique off the grid cabin is on an exposed site 5 miles west of St Andrews and accommodates four researchers.
Sustainability is at the core of this office. Mounted onto the roof are nine 320W solar panels that power the whole building, connecting to conventional appliances. A separate storage space houses two Tuff Tanks - one for non potable water and the other for the collection of waste.
The Russwood FSC scotLarch clad side walls, roof and timber deck are complemented by Slate Richlite rainscreen panels, at the entrance and gable ends. Richlite was specified not only for its aesthetic and sustainable values - being certified by the Rainforest Alliance and manufactured using layers of 100% post consumer, recycled paper - but also as a small tribute to the former paper mill which sat on the site for over a hundred years, until its closure in 2008.
The interior is also aligned with the core sustainable values behind this building. The kitchenette features Richlite worktops and the walls of untreated Nordpan spruce panels are insulated with Thermafleece sheep wool insulation, as are the floor and vaulted roof. Soft greens, blues and greys, inspired by the estuary, fill the office and are reflected on sustainable finishes Forbo Nairn's linoleum used throughout the interior.
The double glazed, full height windows on each wall look out onto the estuary, with the office benefiting from the maximum amount of daylight, generous views of the estuary and the spectacular varied birdlife sustained by the sand flats.