The building will be the first of its kind in the UK, and will be used as a prototype to develop future construction systems and technologies. It features solar panels and a heat recovery system, and the university hopes the building will exceed the EU’s 30% CO2 reduction target. It will appropriately be used as the university’s hub for sustainable design, including an exhibition and workshop space for community groups.
Brown is a senior lecturer at the university, who also created the first prefabricated building in Europe entirely made out of eco-friendly materials back in 2008. He commented, “There is a huge pile of construction waste that’s building up in this country, and to ignore it is quite frankly sinful… We have decided to focus on how to reuse waste material on a real-life building for a number of reasons, not least because we know how important it is to reuse and recycle from the point of view of the environment.”
Construction on the site is expected to begin during early winter 2012.comments powered by Disqus