The Research Acceleration and Demonstration (RAD) Building combines two innovative sustainable methodologies, Passivhaus and BREEAM, with striking contemporary architecture.
Home to various research groups of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), the collaboration provides world class laboratory and office space for industry leading academics and post graduate students.
The ERA collaboration combines the research expertise of six Midlands Innovation universities and the British Geological Survey, to deliver a step change in energy innovation. It is the first truly embedded cross-disciplinary energy research hub in the UK and it required a building fit for accelerating research into sustainability.
This pioneering £7m new build is one of the most energy efficient buildings of its type in the UK and will explore new energy technologies, ranging from harvesting and storing wind energy, to the development of new materials for hydrogen storage to create a sustainable future.
It is the first building of its type in the UK to comply with Passivhaus performance standards with BREEAM and demonstrates that iconic, innovative yet cost effective design does not have to be compromised to achieve exemplar standards of sustainability.