United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Architects for wind power

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) plans to install two mini wind power generators on its headquarters building in the centre of London. It has applied to Westminster Council for consent for two 13 metre tall 2.5 kW machines on the roof of the listed six storey building in Portland Place. They will generate between 3000 and 8000 kWh of power a year. The institute is currently also studying wind speeds, noise and the potential effects of flicker from the turbine blades.

"RIBA is committed to living and working in a sustainable way," explains a spokeswoman. She adds that the plans would include an information point at the building giving facts about the machines. "We want to demonstrate the benefits of wind turbines at the institute and show that other businesses and homes in London can do the same." The small units will be supplied by Proven Engineering of Scotland.

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