Suffolk brewery Adnams is planning what it claims could be Britain’s greenest distribution centre. Due to open in September 2006, the building is designed to meet Building Research Establishment Environment Assessment Method (BREEAM) Excellent standards. The centre will situated in Southwold, Suffolk, and will be set low in the site of an old gravel pit. Construction begins at the end of the year. The building will feature a number of environmentally friendly features. This includes a sedum roof complete with a garden of "thick, fleshy" plants designed to insulate, filter rain water and help the building blend in with its rural surroundings. In addition, the building will be the first in the country to be constructed of lime hemp and chalk blocks. These are vapour-permeable and provide natural temperature and humidity controls. Also, a filtration system will pass wastewater through reed beds and a septic tank before it is allowed to run into nearby ponds. Solar panels will provide 80% of the building’s hot water, and all wood will be sustainable Glulam. Furthermore, the new centre will use 50% less energy per square metre compared to Adnams’ current facility. Adnams commercial director, Andy Wood, said: "As a values driven business, we believe that ethical practices and a commitment to the environment, staff and customers ultimately leads to better business results. We're proud of our new warehouse, which we see as a sign of how businesses can reduce their impact on the environment."