Research and design company SPECIFIC is celebrating the success of its first "energy-positive" classroom, a space that generates 1.5 times the amount of energy it needs to operate. SPECIFIC is a part of U.K. Innovation and Knowledge Centre at Swansea University, and they're celebrating the success of their Active Classroom, as it's called according to Inhabitat.
Their findings from the first year of its implementation were released just as the group began work on their next project, an Active Office.
Science Daily reports that buildings currently account for 40 percent of the energy consumption in the United Kingdom. Researchers have been working to develop buildings as power stations, with design aspects that can make the most use of solar power—trapping it, storing it, and sharing it.