WHAT IS AN ACTIVE BUILDING?
Active Buildings integrate renewable energy technologies for heat, power and transport.
Active Buildings are designed to be energy efficient, with novel ways of creating, controlling and releasing energy. These buildings have the potential to be energy self-sufficient and, when connected with other Active Buildings in a network, could have the ability to trade energy.
Globally, buildings are responsible for about 40% of carbon emissions. In the UK they consume about 40% of all energy produced. Any solution to the energy crisis will have to address the issue of energy in buildings.
Active Buildings aim to transform construction. To support the energy infrastructure, reduce energy costs, and address environmental challenges.
Active Building Projects
We are working with carefully selected partners to support the delivery of a pipeline of Active Buildings across the UK. We provide support to construction clients, developers and other organisations from the early stages of the design process. If you are interested, we are interested in projects including aspects of the following:
Modern methods of construction
Integrated renewable energy generation and storage technologies
Data based approach to building monitoring and control
Use of electric vehicles such as cars, bicycles and buses
WHY DOES THE UK NEED ACTIVE BUILDINGS?
To make a difference the world needs many buildings like this. That is not just a technical challenge but a political, social and economic one.
The success of these early demonstrators gave rise to the Active Building Centre and our aim to break down the barriers to mass adoption of such buildings across the UK. We will work with commercial developers and the public sector to deliver a critical mass of Active Buildings and provide the evidence that regulators, policy makers and construction industry need to transform the way buildings are constructed in the UK.