University of Nottingham - Energy Technology Building

Nottingham
£6.7m
Design & Build

This building allows research into bioenergy, hydrogen fuels, carbon capture and storage, biomass and sustainable architecture.

The three storey building houses specialist laboratories, a prototype hall, exhibition area and rooftop laboratory zone, offices and external technology area for use as an energy testing facility.

The building minimises the need for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation and uses renewable and ambient sources including its own smart grid.

We achieved a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating through working closely with the University and design team members to produce the University's and one of the UK's lowest carbon buildings, incorporating numerous sustainable technologies including an innovative earth duct passive cooling system which uses thermal mass of the surrounding earth to provide passive cooling and pre-heating of ventilation air.