Energy Technologies Building — AECOM breaks the boundaries of engineering at the University of Nottingham

May 11, 2015 10:05 AM ET

Managing complexity, building better lives.

AECOM developed pioneering technology that maximizes energy and minimizes demand for heating, cooling and ventilation.

“We were asked to break the boundaries of engineering and, according to the client, we did,” said AECOM’s Aleksandra Sasha Krstanovic, regional director, building engineering and project director, for recent work at the University of Nottingham.

Set to become an internationally significant hub for energy research and low-carbon technologies, the university's Energy Technologies Building (ETB) needed to remain within a limited cost budget and meet two ambitious energy goals — to become the world’s first zero-carbon operational laboratory and to achieve a BREEAM “Outstanding” rating, the highest possible level.

“Most laboratories require large amounts of energy use. In order to satisfy our client, our building engineering team developed pioneering technology that maximizes energy from renewable and ambient sources, and minimizes the building’s demand for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation,” said Krstanovic.

Added Chris Jagger, chief estates and facilities officer, University of Nottingham, “In order to align with our vision for this research, our goal was for the building to lead by example as a highly efficient structure in its own right — and AECOM helped us achieve that.”

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AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, had revenue of approximately $19 billion during the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2014. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

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