Pat Borer David Lea, Wales Institute for Sustainable Education

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Pat Borer David Lea, Wales Institute for Sustainable Education

Architects Pat Borer & David Lea

RIBA Award 2011 – Wales

The Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE) is Centre for Alternative Technology’s new state of the art sustainable building. WISE will provide tens of thousands of people the opportunity to gain vital skills in emerging environmental technologies through its Graduate School of the Environment and short courses.

WISE combines renewable technologies with natural building materials such as rammed earth, hemp and lime with intelligent architecture to achieve a light, warm, energetic building that exudes a sense of well-being. The building design utilises energy efficient glazing to enhance natural day-lighting and passive heat gain, meaning that energy requirements are minimal. Waste and water systems are designed using natural zero energy treatment.