Located on the University of Nottingham’s Innovation Park, the new building has been designed by architect Fairhursts Design Group to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’ and LEED ‘Platinum’ rating, reaching carbon neutral status after 25 years.
The laboratory will be built from natural materials and energy required to run it will be met by renewable sources such as solar power and sustainable biomass. Excess energy created by the building will provide enough carbon credits over 25 years to pay back the carbon used in its construction.
The University of Nottingham’s chief estates and facilities officer, Chris Jagger, said: “This unique building is also a reflection of our commitment to sustainability and will set new standards for the development of ‘green’ laboratories in the future.”
Morgan Sindall area director Richard Fielding said: “The laboratory is a UK first and is set to push the boundaries of sustainable construction. Hence we’re very proud to have been appointed to build this outstanding facility.”