PUBLISHED: 15:27 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:15 30 August 2017



Cornwall's GBH will be a living laboratory' where eco-building products will be installed, tested and monitored in a real building setting

Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust (CSBT) has broken ground on the site of its £1.4 million Green Build Hub (GBH).

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 serve as a distinctive training centre, and encourage inward investment by companies such as specialist green suppliers by enabling them to showcase and test innovative products within the building. This BREAAM Outstanding’ building located at the Eden Project, tangibly demonstrates what can and is being done in Cornwall. GBH will act as a key resource of specialist green building knowledge, enhancing the region’s expertise.

'This is an exciting time for CSBT and Cornwall to lead the way in sustainable construction,' saysCornwall Sustainable Building Trust CEO, Paul Bright. '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.'

This unique project has been made possible thanks to an investment of £1.1 million from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme.

'The location of our region is a distinct advantage for future growth within the green and marine sectors,' says Chris Pomfret, Chair of the LEP and Deputy Chair of the Convergence Local Management Committee, which steers the Convergence programme. '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. Only last month 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 believes that sustainable construction has a significant role to play in realising this goal.

The Green Build Hub is expected to be completed in June 2015.

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