Energy Technologies Building, Nottingham – Sustainably Clad with ALUCOBOND® A2

Nottingham University’s Energy Technologies Building (ETB), a showcase £6.5m research centre, which brings together world-class experts in energy research, has chosen ALUCOBOND® A2 from 3A Composites GmbH, finished in Sakura 917 from its spectra colour series for its cladding.

Designed by Maber Architects to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ accreditation rating, the highest BREEAM level for environmental sustainability, the building is an exemplar of low-carbon technology through the minimisation of its demands for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation mediums from non-sustainable sources, whilst maximising energy from renewable and ambient sources.

The decision to use ALUCOBOND® A2, with its sustainability credentials, including an environmental product declaration (EPD) according to international ISO standards, and an independently verified life cycle assessment (LCA), plus BREEAM contribution, made it the ideal choice to help achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ accreditation for sustainability.

In addition, with safety paramount, the non-combustible properties of ALUCOBOND® A2 aluminium rainscreen cladding panels, with its mineral-filled core also helped the project meet the strictest requirements of fire regulations, whilst also offering long-life and durability, being impact-resistant and weatherproof.

Fabricated by Ash & Lacy, and installed by specialists Hickton Construction, some 1,000 m2 of ALUCOBOND® A2 cladding was used on the stunning project, which stands as an example of how sustainability and environmental sensitivity can go hand-in-hand with great aesthetics.

Paul Herbert, Sales Manager 07584 680262

Project data

  • Project: Energy Technologies Building, Nottingham University
  • Architect: Maber
  • Fabricator: Ash & Lacy
  • Installer: Hickton Construction
  • Facade System: Tray panels special construction
  • Year of Construction: 2018
  • Product: ALUCOBOND® A2 spectra Sakura
  • Photos: Ash & Lacy