European Research Institute (Birmingham)
Work is set to start on this Fielden Clegg-designed European Research Institute at Birmingham University. The 4800m 2building features an innovative ventilation system which uses the building's thermal mass to regulate internal temperatures. Air is passed through the cores of the structure's pre-cast concrete planks to either cool the air in summer or warm it in winter. The building still uses heating and cooling but employs the concrete to store residual energy for later use to trim energy bills. The £5.6 million building will be a conference and resource building for the Institute of German Studies and the Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies.