Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - Active Building Centre

Project: Research council

Project Details


The Active Building Centre (ABC) is one of two hubs funded through the Transforming Construction Industrial Challenge. The ABC is a national collaboration among leading universities and companies.

The ABC will revolutionise the way we design, construct and operate buildings in the UK. It will do this by integrating advanced offsite manufacturing with state-of-the-art digital design. This will include incorporating and integrating energy generation, storage and release technologies to create active buildings that substantially reduce both the operational costs of buildings and their demand on the UK energy infrastructure.

The ABC is a national centre of excellence, catalysing a revolution in smart buildings and energy sharing. It will bring together, energy, construction, government and research to deploy and scale-up active buildings and communities. It will involve clustered demonstration facilities on a variety of building typologies. And a pipeline of several thousand buildings will be considered by supporting companies and organisations.

Layman's description

The Active Building Centre is developing buildings that produce more energy than than use; "buildings as power stations".
Effective start/end date3/09/1830/09/22

Collaborative partners


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

RCUK Research Areas

  • Civil engineering and built environment
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials sciences
  • Building Operation and Management
  • Structural Engineering
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Storage
  • Solar Technology
  • Sustainable Energy Networks
  • Manufacturing Enterprise Operations and Management
  • Civil Engineering Materials


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