Green toilets win sustainability award

by Stephen Hurrell. Published Mon 27 Jul 2009 11:23, Last updated: 2009-07-27
The eco-toilets use solar energy to heat water.
The eco-toilets use solar energy to heat water.

The ‘greenest toilets in Sussex’ were one of two projects given a sustainability award by Mid Sussex District Council today.

The toilets, branded one of the most sustainable developments in the district by the council, are designed to look like a giant seedpod to fit in with the surrounding countryside.

Rainwater is captured and stored in an insulated tank, where it is heated by solar panels on the roof. The urinals are waterless and sheep wool has been used for insulation in the cutting-edge building.

The project, at the South of England Centre in Ardingly, was designed by Sussex-based company Ecotecture, whose architects are members of the world’s oldest sustainable building association, AECB.

"Modern, practical and with sustainability to the fore, that's the criteria we adopted," said Ecotecture's founder Jo Saady. "And we are absolutely thrilled that they have received this prestigious honour to recognise our deep-rooted commitment to sustainable design and build."

The eco-friendly project cost the same to build as a normal toilet and Jake White, of Ecotecture, was pleased with the award from the council's planning authority. He said: “We worked extremely hard to make every part of this project work for its money. The result is the greenest, most environment-conscious that we could achieve, and without it costing any more than being non-green.”

Nick Pople, from Nicholas Pople Architects, won the other sustainability award for his design of the Hoathly Hill wood-chip boiler.

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