Thermally Active Building System (TABS) uses borehole water extracted at 12.8 °C from 65m-120m below ground, running through the ceilings and soft fts of the building to extract heat, with the water going into a second borehole 100m away from the frst. This ‘Open Loop System’ uses ground source cooling rather than expensive and energy-ineffcient air conditioning, automatically delivering cooling on demand from individual rooms within the building. PV (photovoltaic) Solar Panels have been ftted on all available roof space generating some of the building’s electrical energy requirements.
Sustainability is a core principle in the design of The Laboratory and the new building uses innovative, environmentally inexpensive and energy-efficient systems.
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