Zero Carbon London
→ BREEAM Excellent
→ Zero Net negative regulated and (predicted) unregulated carbon
→ Prefabricated CLT and steel structures reduce waste
→ Heating and cooling from high efficiency air source heat pumps
→ All timber from certified sustainable sources
PEARL (Person Environment Activity Research Laboratory) will be a new and unique purpose-built research facility for the creation of full-size environments to test how people use infrastructure and cities. PEARL’s objective is to create a world where everyone can experience an improved quality of life through better design of the environment, using an evidence-based understanding of how people interact with it.
UCL’s hugely expansive work at PEARL will range from collaborative research with London Underground to make tube design more accessible to the analysis and design of the built environment for people with dementia. The research is transdisciplinary, multi-scalar and community focused. ‘The Groove’; a lightweight timber ‘building within the building’ houses community-facing facilities, seminar rooms, hyper-flexible workspace, and workshops.
The building will be carbon negative, thanks to highly efficient building fabric and services, with a photovoltaic array covering the entire 4,000 sqm roof that ensures both regulated and (predicted) unregulated energy is entirely renewable. The building is both highly robust and built for deconstruction and the circular economy, maximising recycled and recyclable materials and minimising waste from site through off-site prefabrication and cut and fill site preparation.
Externally, architectural scalloped and perforated weathered steel panels gradually fan out across the west- facing glazed frontage of ‘The Groove’, providing solar shading as a passive environmental measure and acting as flags signifying the entrance.
PEARL — UCL’s first net zero carbon in-use building — will be a unique purpose-built laboratory facility for the creation of full-size environments to test how people use infrastructure and cities.
‘A building to house the world!’ said Professor Nick Tyler, Director of UCL Centre for Transport Studies.