The RAI is committed to minimising its impact on the environment through energy conservation and efficiency. The Institute was built with environmental systems in place to lessen energy use: the building is naturally ventilated and designed to maximise air-flow within the library and its offices, and does not require air-conditioning.
In 2019, the RAI achieved an Energy Performance Rating (EPR) of 51, showing its energy use to be significantly lower than the typical EPR of 100 for a building of its size. This represented a fall since 2015 when the rating was 54, and 2010 when the rating was 71. Emissions of carbon dioxide from the building’s energy consumption have also fallen considerably in recent years, from 131 tonnes in 2010 to 103 tonnes in 2015, to 93 tonnes in 2019.
In 2017, we completed a large-scale project to replace all the lighting throughout the building with energy efficient and responsive LEDs, while solar panels were installed on the roof in December 2015. This was funded by the University Sustainability Fund.