About Us


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 energy generation and storage technologies, coupled with state-of-the-art digital design.

Our aim is to deliver a pipeline of Active Building demonstrators and projects.

We aim to prove the case for a national adoption of Active Buildings, which has the potential to substantially reduce both the operational costs of buildings and their demand on the UK energy infrastructure.

Delivering Active Buildings

The Active Building concept was conceived by SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre. They designed two demonstration buildings to test and prove technologies and show how they can be connected in one integrated system, working together to generate heat and power for the building.

The success of the Active Building early demonstrators gave rise to the Active Building Centre. We are working closely with government and industry to break down the barriers to mass adoption of Active Buildings across the UK.

We are working with commercial developers and the public sector to deliver a critical mass of Active Buildings and provide the evidence that regulators, policy makers and construction industry need to transform the way buildings are constructed in the UK.

Transforming Construction

The Active Building Centre is funded by UKRI as part of the Transforming Construction Challenge through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). ISCF addresses the major industrial and societal challenges of our time.

Transforming Construction seeks to make buildings more affordable, efficient, safer and healthier. Active Buildings contribute to the Clean Growth Grand Challenge aiming to at least half the energy use of new buildings by 2030.

Collaboration for change

Active Buildings can support the energy infrastructure, reduce energy costs, and address environmental challenges.

To make a difference the world needs many buildings like this. That is not just a technical challenge but a political, social and economic one. And to pave the way for change in the way energy is delivered around the world.

The Active Building Centre is working with our industrial and academic partners, to bring together people, companies and communities to change the way energy is delivered and used in the UK.