Colston Hall’s new foyer was built with sustainability in mind. We aim to increase our use of renewable energy by 3% by 2015 and are working on a strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. A display panel in the Hall shows customers how much energy the wind turbine is generating.
How we plan to make Colston Hall carbon neutral by 2030
- We use our building in the most energy efficient and sustainable way we can
- We convert daylight into power with our 20 solar panels, which heat the majority of our water
- We save around eight tonnes of carbon dioxide by using the wind turbine and solar panels
- We light the foyer using our computerised lighting with daylight sensors, allowing us to plan our energy use and prevent waste
- We install energy efficient lighting wherever possible
- We use movement sensitive light switches in areas which are used infrequently
- We have automatic on/off taps on all sinks in the public area
- All of our toilets are water efficient
- We recycle all bottles, paper, cardboard and use biodegradable cups and recyclable plastic glasses
- We source local produce where possible and use local companies such as Marshfield ice cream and Bath Ales
- We ventilate the building naturally
- We sell fair-trade tea
- In phase II of our redevelopment, we plan to install energy efficient systems throughout the building, such as boilers and a new heating system
We encourage our patrons to be sustainable when visiting the Hall. We publicise bus and train information to our customers and have installed cycle racks outside the foyer. As a responsible venue we contribute to the creation of a safe city centre.