New energy building unveiled at University of Leeds

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Major stakeholders including representatives from industry and regional government attended the opening of the new £12.5 milion Energy Building at the University of Leeds today, together with a host of colleagues from across the University, alumni, sponsors, funders and collaborators.

Speakers at the launch included Ambassador Richard H Jones (International Energy Agency), Jason Green (Head of Research Councils UK Energy Programme), Mike Farley of leading energy services company Doosan Babcock, and the University’s own Professor William Gale. Ambassador Jones and the Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Arthur unveiled a commemorative plaque in the atrium of the new building.

The Energy Building brings together under one roof the re-branded Energy Research Institute, the new Centre for Integrated Energy Research, the Energy Technology and Innovation Initiative and the Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies. Equally, the Energy Building serves as a physical hub for collaboration in energy research and innovation across the Leeds campus and far beyond.

From carbon capture for the sustainable use of fossil fuels to renewable energy and integration of energy technologies with transport policy, colleagues at the University are researching both the sustainable production and use of energy to create a cleaner, greener future,” said Professor Gale. “The new Energy Building unites this world-leading work in this fantastic new home, heralding a new era of collaborative, interdisciplinary research in this field.

The building extends the existing engineering complex and houses 150 staff and students from the Faculty of Engineering. It also provides a space for collaboration between academics from Engineering, Earth and Environment, Transport Studies and other Schools and Faculties.

About the Energy Building

  • 3,400m2 space
  • BREEAM rated ‘Excellent’ (The world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings).
  • Passive solar glazing to minimise solar gains
  • Heavy mass building to reduce the need for cooling
  • Solar hot water generation
  • Maximised use of daylight and intelligent control equipment to adjust artificial light and reduce energy consumption.