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New centre will lead low carbon fight

A UK’s first ever centre for low carbon technology in buildings has been launched at London South Bank University (LSBU).

The Centre for Effiicient and Renewable Energy in Buildings will be the first of its kind and will provide teaching in sustainable energy technology and building design for university students, academics and those working within the industry.

It will also be available to the commercial and construction sectors as a research facility while also acting as a showcase for the latest in low carbon technology and design including photovoltaics, solar thermal, ground source heat pumps and wind power.

Dr Mike Wilkinson, Pro Vice Chancellor at LSBU, said: '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. Located as we are at the heart of a global city at the forefront of construction techniques and sustainability, we are best placed to interact on these issues with a wide range of stakeholders.'

The centre is funded by the London Development Agency and the Higher Education Funding Council for England in partnership with LSBU and City and Kingston Universities.

It will be built on top of LSBU’s new Keyworth II building and its design includes features to reduce carbon emissions including thermal massing, solar shading, ground source heating and cooling, and solar thermal.

The building’s geothermal system will form part of the demonstration facility on the roof top of the building and data about the technologies will be available via a web-based virtual learning facility.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'If we are to reduce carbon emissions in London and tackle climate change, 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 facilities but also enables people to see, hands on, how technologies can be used.'