Energy-efficient £48million building to house Cambridge University department


The Cambridge University Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy has just moved into a brand-new, energy efficient £48m building, a news report in the local media has revealed.

The building includes labs, offices and student lounges and is “extremely well insulated”, according to the design firm NBBJ’s Project Lead, Rebecca Mortimore.

A special ventilation system which provides natural air circulation for non-laboratory areas (labs need mechanised ventilation) is meant to help keep energy costs down, while the solar PV panels mounted on the rooftop will contribute 3% of the building’s target emissions cut of 10%, with the building’s “passive” design making up the rest of the carbon cut.

Furthermore, the panels will provide 17,000kWh of power throughout the year, according to the engineers’ figures, while a ‘green’ or living roof is planted with wild flowers, bushes and shrubs to naturally insulate the building while harvesting rain water.

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