UCL Energy Institute


Professor Tadj Oreszczyn named Co-Investigator on £36m research centre on solar-powered buildings

19 September 2018

Chancellor of the Exchequer announces £36m Swansea University-based research centre for solar-powered building design in collaboration with UCL and 9 other universities.

Buildings theme

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon. Philip Hammond, today announced a new £36M energy and buildings research centre to be located in Swansea that will help the UK halve the energy used in new buildings by 2030.

The new Active Building Centre will seek to remove barriers and accelerate market adoption of new solar-powered building design.

Funded by the UK government through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and UKRI and based in Swansea University, it will be a national centre of excellence working with supply chains from energy and construction supported by UCL, Bath, Newcastle, Birmingham, Loughborough, Sheffield, Cardiff, Imperial College London and Nottingham.

UCL Energy Institute’s Professor Tadj Oreszczyn has been named a co-investigator in the centre. His role will be to integrate the research being undertaken as part of the Centre for Research in Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), where Tadj leads the Buildings theme, into the work of the Active Buildings Centre (ABC). CREDS is is a new research centre established in 2018 with a vision to make the UK a leader in understanding the changes in energy demand needed for the transition to a secure and affordable, low carbon energy system, launching tomorrow, September 20th, in London.