The Oaks Crematorium has been built to the highest environmental standards, employing the latest techniques in cremation and clean air technology to prevent pollution to the air and surrounding environment. The low rise building has native oak cladded walls, with traditional local flint and brickwork and boasts a green sedum ‘living’ roof which provides additional habitat for wildlife.
Sustainability has been an important factor in the design of the building. Low level energy efficient lighting minimises light pollution and the design team has worked hard to deliver a sustainable heating and cooling solution for the Crematorium building.
Due to the nature of the operation, a large amount of heat is produced. This is being harnessed, via a heat exchange system, to meet the heating and hot water needs of the building. It has also been designed so that should the need arise, any excess heat can be exported to meet the heating and hot water needs of adjacent buildings.
The main chapel uses passive ventilation, whereby cool fresh air is naturally drawn in at low level on the eastern side of the building (pre-warmed during the cooler months), and expelled at high level on the western side.
These low-energy systems will significantly reduce the overall energy demand of the building helping to reduce its environmental footprint.
Through our energy procurement arrangements, the building’s electricity is sourced from renewable sources.