Solar panels on outside of the AMRC Net Zero Building in Sheffield

AMRC net zero refurbishment, Sheffield


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Higher Education
University of Sheffield
November 2023
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The University of Sheffield commitment to net-zero carbon emissions

The University of Sheffield has made a commendable commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions on its campus by 2030, extending this goal to encompass all activities by 2038. This places the university among a select group of institutions taking transformative action in response to the climate emergency.

Funded through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, our project included several critical initiatives at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to enhance building performance:

  • Ground Source Heat Pump Replacement: We replaced aging Ground Source Heat Pumps that had reached the end of their life cycle.
  • Ventilation Replacement: Alterations were made to improve the performance and efficiency of ventilation pumps in the AMRC Factory of the Future.
  • Brise Soleil Replacement: The AMRC’s brise soleil was replaced with a photovoltaic (PV) unit.
  • Lighting Replacement: We upgraded lighting fixtures to more energy-efficient LED fittings.

Weekend scheduling and research-friendly pause in forced air installation

To accommodate ongoing research, the forced air works were scheduled for weekends. Additionally, the university requested a one-week suspension of forced air installation to facilitate research activities. 

Collaborative pre-contract assessment of subcontractors

We engaged with multiple subcontractors nominated by the customer. Our collaborative efforts were aimed at thoroughly evaluating their capability, competence, and confidence in adhering to health, safety, and quality standards. By closely working with these subcontractors prior to awarding the contract, we ensured a robust foundation for the successful project execution.