£1m University of Bath measuring facility could help transform the construction industry

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A new £1 million structure will help researchers from the University of Bath help reduce the carbon footprint of buildings.

The HIVE, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will be used to test low carbon construction materials and systems.

The programme includes a 24-month test phase which will construct, instrument, monitor and analyse the environmental performance of a number of small experimental buildings. Parallel research programmes will be running in Spain and France to test the material's performance in different climatic conditions.

The facility has been built at the The Science Museum Group at Wroughton, near Swindon.

Dr Mike Lawrence of the University of Bath and director of the project, said: "The Building Research Park is a pioneering site which will speed up the delivery to market of future energy-efficient construction materials and systems."

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