The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has welcomed a brand new
centre for low carbon technology in buildings at London South Bank
University (LSBU) which
will help put London at the forefront of the fight to tackle climate
Funded by the London Development Agency and the
Higher Education Funding Council for England, in partnership with LSBU
and City and Kingston Universities, the Centre for Efficient and
Renewable Energy in Buildings will provide a unique teaching, research
and demonstration resource for the capital.
The centre is the first of its kind in the UK and will provide
sustainable energy technology and building design for university
academics and to industry. It will also be available to the commercial
construction sectors as a research facility as well as showcasing the
in low carbon technology and design including photovoltaics, solar
ground source heat pumps and wind power. The building itself will be
and heated using geothermal energy technology which will form part of
demonstration facility on the roof top of the building.
Data about the technologies will also be available to a wider
audience via a
web-based virtual learning facility.
The Mayor of London, said:
"If we are to reduce carbon emissions in London and tackle
it is vital that we help the construction and design industries to
incorporate energy efficient technologies into their buildings. This
exciting new technology centre, part funded by the London Development
Agency, is unique in that it provides both research and teaching
but also enables people to see, hands on, how technologies can be used."
The centre will be built on top of LSBU's new Keyworth II
design includes features to reduce carbon emissions including thermal
massing, solar shading, ground source heating and cooling, and solar
Dr Mike Wilkinson, Pro Vice Chancellor at LSBU said:
"LSBU is delighted to have been chosen as the site for this
initiative. The University has long been at the centre of the efficient
of energy and of renewables in the built environment. This Centre will
LSBU and its partners make an even more substantial contribution in
field. Located as we are at the heart of a global city at the forefront
construction techniques and sustainability, we are best placed to
on these issues with a wide range of stakeholders".