From the initial design concepts, award-winning architects, Make, ensured that The Cube provided a sustainable development in the heart of the city.
With a certified ‘Excellent’ BREEAM environmental performance rating, the building is internationally recognised for its energy conservation features.
- Insulated air-tight panels cover more of the building’s facades than is usual for a building of this type and size, and far exceeds the industry standard.
- Solid-to-glass ratios vary according to the positioning of each facade, minimising solar gain on the southern elevations.
- The building design substantially reduced the amount of glass required to 34% overall on the facades, with full-height window glazing in specific segments – a pioneering approach to office design in Birmingham.
- Incorporating post-tensioned floor slabs meant that 20% less concrete was required than in a traditionally reinforced concrete building.
- Separate networks were designed to serve the varying energy levels required for each mixed-use area – reducing the overall energy consumption compared with standard systems.
- Building B provides most of the mechanical and electrical plant servicing for The Cube – providing power, water, heating and cooling, delivered both efficiently and without waste via basement-level ducts.
- Creating a separate ancillary building (Building B) alongside enabled the architects to maximise the inhabitable space in The Cube while minimising the impact of services on the exterior facade.
- The basement design is large enough to accommodate a drilling rig to add borehole water to the heating/cooling system.