Research Centre Building Design
As part of a collaborative Sustainable Architecture project, the George Smith Building was designed to provide both an improved learning environment and practical facilities for the Renewable Energy programme at the University of Exeter. The facility is intended to act an exemplar model for both renewable energy technologies and ease of use as a building. It was designed to BREEAM Outstanding building standards, achieving a high level of energy performance, with a extensive range of renewable energy technologies as part of the building’s energy supply.
The design features a 13kW photovoltaic array, a ground source heat pump, a wind turbine research mast, rainwater harvesting, a forced ventilation system and a large solar thermal array, as well as other energy demonstration systems.
The full cycle of renewables product development is made possible in a building designed to fit with the surrounding landscape, whilst generating more energy than it needs.