The Nest will be a beacon of sustainability; it will be overt and attractive in its sustainability so as to normalise the concept of environmentally conscious buildings that look and feel modern.
The Nest will encompass sustainable features into its structure, aligning with our strategic objectives relating to sustainability. These sustainable features will also have relevance for innovative learning techniques, our second key theme for the project.
Natural Lighting: Internal spaces will have plenty of daylight, potentially being the first building on campus to require no artificial lighting whatsoever during the day. Openable roof lights will provide a good form of natural and passive venting.
Touch the Earth Lightly: As many services as possible will be off-grid. While not intended to be moveable, the Nest theoretically be ‘picked up’ and moved to anywhere in the world and still function. The Nest will have a low impact structure which involves the minimal use of cement and concrete.
Energy Self-Generated: We hope to minimise the amount we rely on the campus infrastructure by generating as much energy possible through the use of sustainable features such as solar panels and the kinetic walkway.
Straw bale: By selecting the idea of a straw bale building; we have identified an opportunity for a building using natural and low impact materials that could have he the benefits of good indoor air quantity as well as a low environmental impact.
Kinetic Walk Way: As pedestrians walk across the kinetic tiles, power from human movement generates renewable energy to be used in the building.
Solar Panels: There will be building integrated solar panels used to generate renewable energy.
Super Insulation: An approach to the building construction and design which will aim to massively reduce heat loss and gain, through a higher level of insulation.
Mur Vegetal: The Nest will feature a “Green Wall” with an integrated water delivery system. The Green Wall will act as a type of vertical garden.
Holistic Sustainability: Based on the WELL standards and principles promoted by Passivhaus, The Nest takes a holistic approach to sustainability. Passivhaus buildings are designed and constructed with immense attention to detail. The key focus of Passivhaus standards is to dramatically reduce cooling and heating of indoor space whilst creating an atmosphere of comfort for building occupants.
WELL is the leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings globally. WELL fosters a holistic formula for better health and wellness outcomes, leading improvements in things like productivity, engagement and retention through design.
Setting a Precedent: The Nest will demonstrate that sustainable buildings can be modern and attractive, acting as a precedent for future buildings on campus.
A Beacon of Sustainability: The Nest will be a visible focus point of sustainable efforts at Warwick University.