The Living Lab project @ IESD

A pioneering project to transform the City Campus’ Queens Building into a center for sustainable excellence.

DMU has long been an advocate of sustainable development. In the early 1990s it built the award-winning, ‘green’, Queens Building, which with its innovative natural ventilation and lighting, was featured in architectural books as a design for the future.

Now DMU plans to take the Queens Building a stage further and transform it into a living example of sustainability and energy efficiency in modern buildings. Individuals and organisations are invited to join forces with DMU and bring their expertise to the project.

This innovative and challenging project aims to:

1. Demonstrate how to achieve (and eventually surpass) Government carbon reduction targets in a cost-effective manner
2. Showcase the latest technological approaches to building and energy management as well as innovative building user engagement
3. Be a resource for teaching and research into sustainability for buildings, energy and behavioral changes
4. Inspire, teach and live best practice for other public sector buildings in the UK
5. Contribute to, and shape future research and policy in the field of buildings, energy and sustainability
6. Create positive energy building concepts for the purpose of research and development (ie, producing and storing surplus renewable energy at certain times)
7. Demonstrate best practice in innovative building user engagement.



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