The offices at The Village have an innovative under floor ventilation system which uses passive heating and cooling through buried earth ducts, which are predicted to reduce energy consumption by up to 75% compared to a standard air-conditioned office.
The concrete earth ducts are buried one metre below the ground which is at a constant temperature. In the Summer, the earth will cool the air before it is introduced into the buildings. In Winter, the cold air is warmed up by the ground before passing over a small heating panel to bring it to room temperature.
The Village should have a carbon footprint which is 20% of standard air conditioned out of town offices which has led to the scheme being awarded a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating.