FERGUS Ewing (pictured above), the Scottish Energy Minister, has opened a pioneering commercial innovation centre for energy efficient building design, products and services.
The CMS Innovation Hub, in Cumbernauld, will be a showcase for the latest energy saving products and devices for the building of homes and workplaces, produced by leading construction and supply firms.
Among the companies represented at the centre are Yale, Rockwool, Sealco Scotland, Daikin UK, Saint-Gobain, Sheerfame and Metal Technology.
The 10,000sq ft facility situated in the grounds of CMS Window Systems’ Lanarkshire HQ is a model of energy efficiency, having been retrofitted with external “stone wool” insulation blocks, highly thermal efficient windows and an air source heat pump with an VRV Intelligent Heat Recovery System.
Kevin Hill, Managing Director of Yale Door and Window Solutions, said, “The Scottish Government has made clear its objectives to ensure buildings become more energy efficient, and drive forward a low carbon economy. The Hub is a crucial step in its own design, to show how even the most derelict of buildings can achieve these aims.”