The HIVE is a £1 million ground-breaking building project designed to support research into construction materials and is the first building project being developed at the Building Research Park.
This Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project (EP/K040391/1 and EP/L005689/1) will allow researchers to study the carbon emissions and the environmental impact of construction materials that will make a real difference to the future of construction both in the UK and worldwide.
A multi celled building with externally exposed walls, with a mechanical fixing system to allow the contruction of full scale wall panels, and the attactement of full scale wall panels to allow for exposure testing. Data logging faciliites can be used to record and monitor the conditions withint the wall panel and the internal room. This can also be combined with live weather monitoring data from the weather station on site.