Net zero energy buildings to be developed

18 Jun 2010
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Manchester Piccadilly Gardens European universities and research institutes have been invited to join a project to develop net zero energy buildings.

The University of Manchester in the UK has joined forces with Environment Application Research at Daikin Research to work on such a building in Herten, Germany.

However, the higher education institution believes the systems included in this structure, such as heat pumps and solar cells, could be practically applied in many other buildings as well.

It is therefore looking to collaborate with more research bodies and education providers on the project.

The University of Manchester said creating more net zero energy buildings across Europe would help countries achieve their targets on reducing carbon emissions.

"It is clear that increasing building efficiency will play a major role in meeting these goals," it commented.

The building in Herten is expected to be completed next month.

This comes after researchers at the University of Manchester commenced work on a project looking at how distributed energy systems could help to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions across the UK.
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