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Solar-powered building centre receives £36m

Swansea University’s Active Building Centre aims to activate the solar generating capacity of UK buildings, creating more energy-resilient communities.

The national centre of excellence will bring together supply chains from energy and construction and 10 universities to accelerate the market adoption of new solar-powered building designs and remove barriers to achieving this.

According to Swansea University, buildings account for 40% of our energy consumption, yet the way we build them has not changed. It advocates creating active, energy-generating buildings that will transform the construction industry, help meet decarbonisation targets, and facilitate the change to electric vehicles.

To do this, the centre plans to create:

  • a critical mass of active building demonstrations to prove their viability
  • a deep knowledge base of how occupants use active buildings
  • toolkits and technologies to help businesses
  • and business models to accelerate market take-up.

"The Active Building Centre aims to break down the barriers that prevent mass uptake of solar-powered buildings," says Professor Dave Worsley, vice president for Innovation and principal investigator for the centre.

"I passionately believe that our partnership and collaborative approach is the best way to transform construction and energy. The new centre will bring together our experience with the Active Classroom and Active Office with social, business, policy and energy expertise from universities and companies across the UK. Together we can really make a difference."

Philip Hammond, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, adds: "This £36m new funding will support exciting green technology that could cut energy bills, reduce carbon emissions, and create better homes and workspaces."

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