South Bank University to become a low-carbon centre of excellence

The UK’s first centre of excellence in low-carbon technologies for buildings is set to open at London South Bank University. The Centre of Efficient & Renewable Energy in Buildings will open in 2009. It will be a unique resource for teaching, research and demonstration of low-carbon energy technologies in the built environment. The centre is the result of a partnership between LSBU, City and Kingston Universities, which all jointly lead in training and researching the built environment. A funding grant of nearly £2 million was received from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with a further £878 500 from the London Development Agency. The new centre will be at the forefront of low-carbon building design and provide high-quality teaching resources in sustainable energy technology, building design, construction and management. It is being designed as a walk-through demonstration facility at roof level on the new Keyworth II building. Dr Mike Wilkinson, pro vice chancellor at LSBU, says, ‘LSBU is delighted to have been chosen as the site for this important initiative. The university has long been at the centre of the efficient use of energy and of renewables in the built environment. This centre will help LSBU and its partners make an even more substantial contribution in this field.’ The facilities will be available to students, researchers, academics and professionals in the built-environment sector. It will also be available for research and manufacturer demonstrations.
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