Our aim is to transform buildings into power stations by enabling them to generate, store and release their own solar energy.

We do this by developing technology, demonstrating the concept on full scale buildings, and bringing together partners who can work together to enable change in the built environment.
SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre is an academic and industrial consortium led by Swansea University, with strategic partners Akzo Nobel, NSG Pilkington, Tata Steel and Cardiff University.
It is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government.

Latest News

Senedd Event

‘A Low Carbon Pathway to 2030’ Consultation

This month, we organised an event in response to the Welsh Government Low Carbon Pathway Consultation. The event was held at the Senedd and was arranged to raise awareness of the key issues and how #ActiveBuildings can be part of the solution. Context / Background:  Climate change is one of […]

Active Homes Neath

Construction starts on homes that will generate, store & release their own energy

The 16 homes, on the site of a former care home, have been designed to maximise solar gain and will use a combination of innovative technologies to allow the homes to generate, store and release their own energy. The Active Homes Neath project is a partnership between housing organisation Pobl Group, […]

PV Roof

Chancellor of the Exchequer Announces £36 Million UK Funding for Swansea University Clean Energy Innovation

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP has announced new £36 million UK Government funding to develop clean energy innovation at Swansea University. The new Active Building Centre will seek to remove barriers and accelerate market adoption of new solar-powered building design. Funded by the UK government […]