The partnership is committed to supporting and furthering the sustainable construction activity across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The agreement commits the partnership to develop innovative ways to tackle the barriers to carbon neutrality and strive for a cleaner, more productive, and inclusive local economy. Several projects are underway to deliver this ambition.
Trent Basin is a low energy housing development next to the River Trent in Nottingham. The University of Nottingham and partners came together to develop solutions for sustainable living – from greener energy generation to sustainable housing development models. Having a living, breathing sustainable housing experiment in Nottingham brings additional opportunity to the area – skilled jobs and the chance to be part of finding solutions to the global challenge of climate change.
“Trent Basin is a physical manifestation of the research and innovation that goes on at the universities in Nottingham. It results in greener and cheaper living for the residents, job opportunities and responds to one of the world’s most pressing challenges, climate change.”
Nick Ebbs, Vice Chair, igloo Regeneration
Remourban was a multi-year project that worked across five cities in the EU, including Nottingham in the UK, to explore energy reduction and efficiency in future cities. In Nottingham, the project represented a partnership between Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham Energy Partnership and two local SMEs (INFOHUB Ltd. and SASIE Ltd). It looked at two distinct areas, low energy heating into Nottingham homes and retrofitting Nottingham public transport.
In addition to these two infrastructure projects, a ‘Building our Future’ event was held in March 2023. This event explored several areas of sustainable construction; the new build versus retrofit contrast, an example of a PassivHaus project from Mansfield District Council, the costs associated with retrofit and the policy challenge for Government. Representatives from UoN, NTU, the public sector and private business supported the delivery of this event.