Active Buildings Transforming Construction

The Active Building Centre

The Active Building Centre is an independent national centre funded through the Transforming Construction Industrial Challenge which aims to revolutionise the way the UK designs, constructs and operates buildings.

Globally, buildings are responsible for about 40% of carbon emissions. In the UK they consume about 40% of all energy produced. Any solution to the energy crisis will have to address the issue of energy in buildings.

The Active Building Centre’s vision is to transform the UK construction and energy sectors through the deployment of Active Buildings contributing to more efficient energy use and decarbonisation. Working with academic and industrial partners, we help create Active Buildings, which can produce and store enough renewable energy to meet their own needs or more.

Our plan, to deliver a pipeline and prove the case for these innovative Active Buildings, which are more sustainable, perform better, are comfortable, and could significantly contribute to UK decarbonisation.



Our Mission

The Active Building Centre’s mission is to create an independent national centre, to convene industry, academia and government to enable the deployment of Active Buildings.

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Our Aim

The Active Building Centre seeks to revolutionise the way the UK designs, constructs and operates buildings by realising the potential for the integration of innovative renewable and storage technologies with state-of-the-art digital design.

Active Buildings have the potential to substantially reduce both the operational costs of buildings and their demand on the UK energy infrastructure.

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Active Buildings integrate renewable energy technologies for heat, power and transport.

Active Buildings are designed to be energy efficient, with novel ways of controlling and releasing energy. These buildings have the potential to be energy self-sufficient and, when connected with other Active Buildings in a network, could have the ability to trade energy.


As an ambitious new project, we are interested in hearing from informed individuals who are ready to challenge the status quo as we aim to remove barriers and accelerate market adoption of Active Buildings.

As part of a highly skilled team looking to transform the energy and construction industry and drive policy change, you will be open to new ideas and innovative technologies, bring fresh thinking, and be ready to play your part in delivering the case for Active Buildings.