The University is committed to developing low carbon buildings, setting ourselves the ambitious target of BREEAM excellent as a minimum for all new capital projects ─ the most widely used environmental assessment for buildings.
This standard ensures that sustainability is included throughout all stages of building development, from design through to post-occupancy. This includes:
Green features of the University's recent new builds include:
The University has built a number of real homes to conduct research into energy efficiency and low or zero-carbon housing.
Working with various industry sponsors, the Creative Energy Homes showcase innovative energy-efficient homes of the future on a real street - Green Close - on University Park campus.
Work is currently underway on a new centre for sustainable chemistry, the first carbon neutral laboratory to be built in the UK. The building will achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ and LEED ‘Platinum’ and carbon neutral status after 25 years.
The laboratory will be built from natural materials and energy required to run the laboratory will be met by renewable sources such as solar power and sustainable biofuel. Excess energy created by the building will provide enough carbon credits over 25 years to pay back the carbon used in its construction and will be used to heat a nearby office development on Jubilee Campus.
The Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET) on our Ningbo campus is the first zero-carbon building in China.
It demonstrates state-of-the-art techniques for environmentally responsible construction. The building provides 100 percent of its energy for lighting, power, heating and cooling from sources such as solar panels, solar absorption air conditioning system, geothermal heat pumps and a wind turbine.
In 2009 CSET won first prize in the 'Green Building' category at the Marché International des Professionnels d'Immobilier (MIPIM world's property market).
Built on former industrial land, Jubilee Campus is an outstanding example of brownfield regeneration, sustainability, low energy design and innovative architecture. Green design practices include:
Awards received for Jubilee Campus include:
Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
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