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University unveils new community to tackle climate emergency

Supporters of the University of Salford’s groundbreaking Energy House 2.0 are being invited to join a community of like-minded industry partners committed to working together on the climate emergency.


Supporters of the University of Salford’s groundbreaking Energy House 2.0 are being invited to join a community of like-minded industry partners committed to working together on the climate emergency.

The £16 million Energy House 2.0 is a cutting-edge research centre designed to support the development of next-generation net zero buildings. The facility is large enough to hold four full-size houses within two huge weather-controlled chambers, which can replicate almost any environmental condition faced by most of the world’s buildings.

Now opened, the facility was recently visited by shadow secretary of state for climate change and net zero, Ed Miliband (pictured), who described it as “essential to delivering a national home insulation scheme, which is the best way to cut household energy bills, cut our gas imports, and tackle the climate emergency”.

Impact Fund

The University has also launched a ‘Friends of Energy House 2.0’ Impact Fund, a new initiative that will help to harness the activity and expertise at the facility and extend the benefit directly into the community.

The Impact Fund will support projects to diversify the energy efficiency workforce through supporting Women in STEM scholarships/studentships, to power outreach work within local schools around the topic of climate change, and to support community initiatives helping in the drive to net zero.

Industry organisations committed to tackling the climate emergency through cutting-edge research, outreach and education are being encouraged to become a ‘Friend’ through a donation of £5,000 or £10,000.

‘We need to work together’

Members will become part of a growing network of businesses that already includes the likes of Schneider Electric and Electricity North West, and will be invited to join events and other opportunities to profile and showcase the work of the Impact Fund. 

Prof Will Swan, director of Energy House Laboratories, said: “We are delighted to be launching this impact-driven community alongside the opening of our new Energy House 2.0 facility. If we are to achieve net zero by 2050, then we need to work together – not just to tackle the challenges we face today, but to ensure we plan for tomorrow.

“Friends of Energy House 2.0 focuses on critical education outreach, community organisations and women in STEM initiatives to nurture the growth of the next generation of diverse talent – the very people who will be leading the way in decarbonising our planet for years to come, starting with our homes.”

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