The Beacon is an ambitious sustainability project in the UK residential sector in its own right. The 17-storey tower by developer Lumiere Developments is also a statement by a firm looking to make its mark and, as the name suggests, create a model for others to follow.
Lumiere’s mission is to “promote large-scale uptake of renewable energy,” and this pioneering zero carbon scheme, which is about to start construction on a site near the A41 in Hemel Hempstead, brings a number of technologies together towards meeting this goal.
The scheme comes with a host of big claims – the firm says the Beacon will be the “world’s most sustainable residential tower” thanks to a highly-insulated concrete construction – hoped to deliver 40 per cent energy savings – and a range of other measures. Lumiere is also promising “free energy for life,” and the first electric car and bike share scheme of its kind. And at less than half an acre, the site’s small footprint is helping support the project’s claim to have the highest density ‘solar farm’ yet seen – the building will be covered in PV panelsRead More