Wales Institute for Sustainable Education that located in Machynlleth, Wales, United Kingdom, was designed by Pat Borer and David Lea. The WISE building is constructed of materials with low embodied energy: glulam timber frame, hemcrete walls, rammed earth, lime renders, slate, cork, home-grown timber flooring and finishes of natural paints and stains. It is well insulated and airtight with heat recovery systems, solar tube arrays and photovoltaics on the roof. It is also connected to a biomass combined heat and power plant.
The building provides teaching and workshop space for CAT’s sustainable architecture courses. Students studying for a Professional Diploma or a postgraduate degree in architecture will now be taught in a building that embodies the sustainable design and architecture principles that they are learning. The ceremony will take place at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, during the annual Architecture Librarians’ Group (ARCLIB) conference. ARCLIB said that they were honoured that the WISE building will be presented with a RIBA Award during this event.