Sustainable Building Envelope Centre

The Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration (SBED) project is led by the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, in partnership with Tata Steel.

The project will design, model, test, prototype and monitor low carbon building systems incorporating transpired solar collectors (TSC) in eight ‘buildings in use’ in Convergence Areas of Wales. Building types include residential, commercial (offices or retail), industrial and institutional (schools, hospitals, care homes).

SBED will closely monitor the construction, implementation and real-life performance of the demonstration systems, disseminating best practice to the wider industry. Information gathered during the project will enable the economic viability and cost effectiveness of the technologies to be assessed for the different building types.

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SBED’s Market Research Questionaire

2 Dec 2014

The SBED project is an initiative which aims to bring the Transpired Solar Collector (TSC) technology into the environment and market of Wales. As part of this initiative, we designed a short market research questionnaire to find out what people consider to be the most acceptable form for the technology. This hopefully will give it a head start on the market.

The questionnaire consists of...

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Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration – Lampeter School Event

11 Nov 2014

Showcase Roof Installation of Transpired Solar Collectors

Time: Thursday 4th December 2014, 9:30am – 1pm Venue: Lampeter Leisure Centre, Lampeter

To register for free, visit Please register before Thursday 27th November

Cardiff University's...

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Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration – B&Q Event

24 Sep 2014

Showcase Roof Installation of Transpired Solar Collectors

Time: Tuesday 14th October 2014, 8:30am - 12 noon Venue: Orbit Business Centre, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1DL

To register for free, visit Please register before Tuesday 7th October

Cardiff University's Sustainable Building Envelope...

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Roofing and Cladding Contractors Sought for Demonstration Projects

30 Jun 2014

SBED is looking for roofing and cladding contractors for our demonstration projects.

Roofing and Cladding Contractors' Skill Sets, Capability and Resource Requirements

Be capable and experienced in the design and installation of roofing, cladding and ancillary building works on refurbishment projects.

Designing and applying:

Transpired Solar Collectors Heat the Welsh School of Architecture’s Office

15 Jan 2014

The SBED team at the Welsh School of Architecture has installed four small-scale Transpired Solar Collectors on the roof of the School to provide warm air for an office at roof level.

Aim of the installation

With these test rigs, we will experiment with a number of different Transpired Solar Collectors’ configurations and parameters, which will generate a wide range of performance...

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SBED Launch Event

28 Jun 2013

The Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration (SBED) project has been officially launched by Finance Minister Jane Hutt on 27th June 2013, as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week, at the SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre in Baglan Bay, Port Talbot. The Finance Minister, Jane Hutt, warmly welcomed and supported the aims of the project in her opening speech. Other speakers at the launch event...

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£3m Study into Energy Generating Buildings

28 May 2013

Cardiff University’s Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration (SBED) study aims to explore how the role of the building envelope could be transformed to incorporate systems which can generate, store and distribute renewable energy.

The pilot scheme will involve designing prototype systems using integrated solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies. They will then be...

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Launch of the SBED Project

28 May 2013

The SBED project team would like to invite you to join them in the launch of SBED, as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week. The event will provide an opportunity to explore in more detail, building integrated solar energy technologies and their role in a low carbon future.

The event will take place on Thursday 27th June, 2013, at the SPECIFIC Innovation Centre, Baglan Bay.

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