UK Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)

CEREB is LSBU's unique teaching, research and demonstration resource for the built environment. Studies show that, currently, buildings are responsible for some 40% of UK carbon emissions, and at LSBU we are playing our part in reducing this by educating the next generation of engineers and managers who will design and build more sustainable buildings and items of infrastructure; and undertaking research leading to innovations and results to reduce emissions. CEREB, based strategically on the top of the K2 Building on the Southwark campus, supports the teaching, research and demonstration of low carbon energy technologies in the built environment.

The £2.8 million centre hosts a number of renewable and intelligent energy solutions. Through CEREB, students are exposed to the technologies which the built environment needs to embrace in order to provide sustainable buildings for the future.

A practical approach to learning

The centre has direct access to data from all the technologies providing services to the working building, together with the innovative technologies built into the centre itself. It also has the ability to showcase developing technologies and to trial new products in a real life setting where the results can be closely monitored.

This makes CEREB an invaluable resource for understanding how to design, operate and manage technologies for future low carbon buildings – both new build and retrofit. The data from the monitoring systems is available via web interfaces that allow it to be used for collaborative research worldwide, giving the Centre an important international dimension. As an example, the management software may show energy flows, whilst on the roof the equipment can actually be seen in action. This makes it much easier to help people, including students, to understand how the technology works. The facility's flexibility means that as the technology changes, on the next generation of renewable energy systems can be analysed and compared.

The future

We will also build our own Flexible Climate Simulator. With it, we will test and develop new techniques and systems for buildings: civil/structural engineering, renewable energy, and sport science and health. It will allow us to construct full scale and scaled environments to better understand climatic influence and be capable of controlling strict environmental conditions.

Read about the lessons learned after 5 years of running CEREB here.