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Wembley vicarage gets 'highest ever' eco score
A CHURCH vicarage in Wembley has earned the title of the first 'zero carbon' building of its kind in the country.
St John's Church vicarage has been given the highest score ever awarded under the Code for Sustainable Homes at this year's BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) Awards.
The new building was completed last year and funded by the London Diocesan Fund (LDF) and in partnership with ASRA Greater London Housing Association.
It achieved an impressive rating of more than 90 per cent for sustainability.
The development also includes a church hall and affordable housing.
Vicar Reverend Francis Adu-Boachie said: "This award is wonderful news and it is good to see our diocese taking the lead in the provision of sustainable houses for Londoners. We are very pleased to be the first to live in a carbon zero vicarage. Apart from its aesthetic beauty which blends in well with the Grade II listed church, it has been constructed to provide such a fantastic living experience.
"With minimum loss of heat and a very good ventilation system, an ideal condition is constantly created for us to enjoy. The vicarage has been constructed in such a way as to encourage one to think positively about their impact on the environment."
The new building was opened in April last year by the Archdeacon of Northolt, Rachel Treweek.
Its environmentally friendly features include roof-top solar panels, a ground source heat pump, and a rainwater harvesting system that services the toilets and laundry areas.
It has been built using sustainable materials.
A spokesman for BREAAM said: "The vicarage has been accorded the code's highest sustainability rating, and achieved the maximum score available in categories including energy, waste, water, health and wellbeing and pollution.
"The building's overall score was an impressive 93.38 per cent."
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