Buildings as Power Stations - a site visit and tour - Swansea
It is one thing to build a carbon neutral building but what if it could generate more energy than it used, simply with intelligent design and the use of renewable energy technologies?
SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre at Swansea University’s Bay Campus have done exactly that, not just once but twice with their Active Classroom built in 2016, and the Active Office built in 2018.
Both buildings utilise solar energy generation and storage technologies as their primary source of heating and electricity and are net energy generators over an annual period.
Delegates to this event will be given a talk and tour of both buildings by architect and project manager, Joanna Clarke, Head of Design at the Active Building Centre.
Joanna will be joined by the contractor Robert Townsend from Wernick who was responsible for the construction of the Active Office and Richard Lewis, Smart Systems Engineer at SPECIFIC who was involved in the PV, battery and associated electrical installations of both buildings, including developing control systems and platforms for data capture, analysis and reporting. Joanna was a key speaker at The Green Register’s Renewable Energy conference in 2018 and received outstanding feedback from the attendees.
In addition, delegates will be introduced to Joanna's Design Guide for designing Active Buildings:
An Active Building is described by ‘Transforming Construction’ as “a building which integrates solar generation and storage technologies for both electricity and heat within its construction, and which is controlled by an intelligent system to optimise energy management and comfort for inhabitants. Active Buildings aim to be net energy generators and have the potential to utilise the surplus energy to trade.” The Active Buildings you will see incorporate a mix of existing technologies, such as transpired solar collectors (TSCs) which generate heat, and novel technologies, such as a new combined solar thermal and photovoltaic system in the form of evacuated tubes. The Active Classroom showcases the first installation of BIPVCo’s thin film photovoltaics (PV) integrated into steel roof sheets, as well as NSGs first PV window. The BIPVCo roof is also demonstrated on a curved profile forming the roof of the Active Office. Heat and electricity generating technologies are combined with storage in the form of batteries and thermal stores, which are controlled using smart network infrastructure to optimise the energy performance of the buildings. This is illustrated on a real-time display screen which shows exactly how much energy is being generated and used at any time of the day.
The success of the work SPECIFIC has carried out in developing the Active Building concept led to an award of £36 million of funding through the ‘Transforming Construction’ challenge within the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), in September 2018. This funding was awarded to establish an Active Building Centre, which will work to remove barriers to the large-scale adoption of Active Buildings on new developments throughout the country.
Delegates are responsible for making their own way to the site. If travelling by train, there will be the opportunity to be picked up with one of the university’s electric cars and taken to the site. Advance request for this service is required at the time of booking.
What did delegates say about previous Bite Size sessions?
"The micro session idea is brilliant as full days can be very, very difficult"
"Excellent coverage for both established Green Register members and novices"
"Informed recommendations and some myths debunked"
"Lots of stuff I didn’t know! Enjoyed the interactive format"
More about Bite Size sessions
The Green Register's Bite Size sessions offer an alternative, flexible route to Green Register membership through a series of shorter training sessions designed to give concise training at a time to suit busy working professionals. Attend 2 sessions to qualify for membership.
All sessions start at 16.45 for registration with training running 17.00 - 19.00.
Bay Campus Swansea University
Swansea, SA1 8EN