Published: 20th Apr 2021

Regeneration specialist Muse has been granted planning permission by South Tyneside Council to build a ‘net zero’ 50,000 sq ft office building, called the Glassworks. The building is designed to be fossil-fuel free, ultra-low energy and achieve the UK Green Building Council’s 2025 net zero office energy performance target. Both Muse and the council are also committing to verify the scheme’s operational performance using the new NABERS UK rating system. A whole-building approach to sustainability was taken to make sure the building improved resource efficiency, with high levels of insulation to minimise heating demands; solar-control glass to minimise cooling demand; enhanced demand-controlled ventilation linked to daylight and occupancy sensors as well as a two-stage air source heat pump to provide low-carbon heating, coupled with an ambient loop system to reduce distribution losses and increase overall efficiency. The southern part of the site will feature a landscaped area leading down to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)