Our main partners are Tata Steel, the Low Carbon Research Institute and the Welsh Government. BASF also are a contributor.
Innovative methods of construction and the right construction materials play a major role in tackling the way carbon emissions can be cut from buildings during the construction and occupancy of buildings and the disposal or reuse of construction materials. Buildings that are more energy efficient use less energy, save money and help protect the environment.
BASF offers to the construction industry one of the broadest portfolios of raw materials, formulations and systems for energy efficient and sustainable construction. BASF has been working with customers and designers across the world to demonstrate how energy efficiency in buildings can be achieved.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals and oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF creates chemistry to help its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful.
With its high value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than €50 billion in 2009 and had approximately 105,000 employees as of the end of the year.
The LCRI is designed to help meet Welsh Assembly targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions by exploiting the knowledge in Welsh universities and helping industry develop new products, technologies and services, turning them into commercial reality.
As part of the programme, ground-breaking research projects will take place in areas such as solar energy for powering and heating buildings, hydrogen for powering transport, power generation using biomass and photovoltaic (PV) technology to generate electricity. The programme will also undertake cutting-edge research to develop zero carbon buildings and marine renewable energy sources.
Backed with £15 million from the Convergence European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government, the scheme is led by Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University in partnership with Glyndwr, Bangor, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Glamorgan Universities, who will also provide funding along with private sector partners.
Established in 1907 as India's first integrated steel company, Tata Steel Group is one of the world’s top ten steel producers with annual crude steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes. Tata Steel Group has over 80,000 employees across four continents and is a Fortune 500 company.
Tata Steel Europe Limited (formerly Corus) is Europe's second largest steel maker and has its main steelmaking operations in the UK and the Netherlands. The company supplies steel and related services to the construction, automotive, packaging, material handling and other demanding markets worldwide. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of high-end pre-finished steel products and a leading player in delivering sustainable building envelope solutions.
A key part of Tata Steel’s operation in Shotton manufactures pre-finished steel products for the building envelope under the Colorcoat® brand. With an excellent sustainability record in sourcing, manufacture and product application, Shotton site was certified to BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing standard in 2010 and operates a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest within its boundaries.
The Department for the Economy and Transport helps achieve the Welsh Government’s vision of a prosperous and sustainable Wales.
It works to deliver the policy of Economic Renewal adopted during 2010, supporting all businesses by focusing on high quality infrastructure, skills and promotion of research and development.