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8:01am 12th October 2014

Cornwall pushes the boundaries in the future of building.

A Green Hub is being built at the Eden Project to develop sustainable techniques and materials.

It'll be constructed with the latest technology and then showcase cutting edge products.

Paul Bright from Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust cut the turf.

He says we are entering a new era of energy use: "The oil era is finished. We're now into the nuclear era. But not in the sense of nuclear power but from the nucleus ... from the sun. There's enough power and energy landing on the earth for us to not need nuclear power stations, there's enough simple nuclear energy that we can tap into.

"We're trying to demonstrate that and learn on the hoof and learn as we do it so this building will be a learning process, an evolutionary process where we watch nature and work with it and we observe how the sun gives us everything we need."

He added: "This is an exciting time for CSBT and Cornwall to lead the way in sustainable construction. The Green Build Hub provides Cornwall with the opportunity to showcase a whole range of sustainable building technologies, innovation and best practice, available to both those working in construction and the general public".

GBH will be a 'living laboratory' where eco-building products will be installed, tested and monitored to produce objective and comprehensive performance data in a real building setting. The building will also be a training centre and enable specialist green companies to showcase and test innovative products. It is hoped it will act as a key resource of specialist green building knowledge, enhancing the region's expertise.

Chris Pomfret, Chair of the LEP and Deputy Chair of the Convergence Local Management Committee said: "The location of our region is a distinct advantage for future growth within the green and marine sectors. The construction of the GBH at Eden will support businesses in the sector by allowing them engage with the latest innovations, knowledge and support, whilst offering opportunities for high level skills which will benefit the wider business community."

According to Constructing Excellence, buildings collectively account for around half the UK national output of carbon dioxide emissions. World Green Building Week saw world leaders raising the profile of climate issues and the imperative balance to be struck between tackling problems in a tangible manner, whilst continuing growth and development.

Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust says it believes sustainable construction has a significant role to play in realising this goal.

The Green Build Hub is expected to be finished by June 2015.

8:01am 12th October 2014

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