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The Centre for Medicine sets a new benchmark for energy efficiency performance in large-scale buildings.
Certified as the UK’s largest non-residential building constructed to the Passivhaus standard, it is an exemplar for future developments of this size and complexity for both the university sector and the UK as a whole.
The building is a new home for the College of Medicine and the Biological Sciences and Psychology departments.
It contains 12,836sqm of teaching facilities, offices, laboratories, lecture theatres and support spaces for more than 2,350 staff and students.
The five- and six-storey tower blocks have Passivhaus standards of air-tightness, thermal performance, high thermal mass, low energy use ventilation and maximised natural daylight.
The building’s intelligent systems include a subsoil heat exchange system to pre-warm or pre-cool incoming air, heat recovery mechanisms within the ventilation system and automated blinds to keep rooms cool in summer.
A photovoltaic array generates an estimated 30,000 kWh of electricity per year and connection to a district energy scheme, using low carbon gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) and biomass boilers, contributes renewable energy. A green wall and roof planting promote biodiversity.
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