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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 RAD Building

Passivhaus green

One of the 1st commercial builds to fuse BREEAM with Passivhaus intricacies. University of Nottingham’s Research Acceleration and Demonstration (RAD) Building – makes energy research go faster, and greener.


🏢Building Details

  • Completed 2018, state-of-the-art £7m building to accelerate green energy research

  • Multidisciplinary labs + high-quality offices – accommodating 100 staff and students

  • 27,000 sq. ft. – part of Jubilee Campus

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • BREEAM Excellent + Passivhaus Standard = one of the 1st of its type to combine both rigorous sustainability standards

  • Enhanced air tightness + excellent insulation for minimal energy leakage

  • Large amounts of asbestos + diesel tanks responsibly removed from ground in comprehensive remediation strategy

  • The building is a focal point for research into storing wind energy + developing hydrogen-powered cars

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Involvement with Dunkirk Primary School + Nottingham Jobs Hubs – inspiring community engagement and generating work experience opportunities

  • Central atrium with 4-storey green wall and break-out spaces – encouraging discussion and idea exploration

  • Passivhaus design = intrinsically measures comfort alongside energy efficiency

🎈Bonus feature

The building acts as an incubator for spin-out small businesses on the back of existing high-level research – spurring innovation and generating hundreds of jobs in the Midlands.

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