Nottingham Trent University has reduced its estate’s carbon footprint with the construction of a new Pavilion building that generates more energy than it consumes.
The Pavilion, which opened in September and is part of a multi-million pound development of the Clifton campus, is the university’s first building to be given a carbon-negative Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of A+.
The building has energy efficient glazing and a huge 94 kW array of solar panels on the roof. It was also designed to retain heat to keep the building warm in the winter whilst keeping it cool in the summer months.
The university’s environmental manager, Grant Anderson, said: “We have been working hard to improve our sustainability credentials and receiving an EPC rating of A+ for the new Pavilion building is an excellent achievement for the university.
“The Pavilion has been built with lots of natural light and LED lights that switch off automatically when it’s sunny. It is also naturally ventilated, reducing the need for energy rich air conditioning units, except in essential areas such as the computer room.”
The main contractor of the energy efficient development was Midlands-based G F Tomlinson and the architect was Evans Vettori Architects.
The building is also on track to achieve a BREEAM excellent award.