William Gates Building, Cambridge
|William Gates Building|
|Address||15 JJ Thompson Avenue|
|Owner||University of Cambridge|
|Awards and prizes||Bronze Green Impact Award|
The William Gates Building, or WGB for short, is a square building that houses the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, on the University's West Cambridge site in JJ Thomson Avenue south of the Madingley Road in Cambridge, England. Construction on the building began in 1999 and was completed in 2001 at a cost of £20 million. It was named after the father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, William Gates (the second). The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided 50% of the money for the building's construction.
In August 2014, the William Gates Building bike shed was enhanced with a security fence, which gained the bikeshed the nickname of The Alcatraz Bikeshed.
The William Gates Building claims to be the most energy-efficient building in the portfolio of the University of Cambridge. It currently has an energy rating of D-, thanks, in-part to the following measures:
- Aggressive sleep scheduling of desktop computers.
- Use of a chilled-beam convection-based cooling system, with Oventrop valves, to cool rooms in the summer, and warm the floor above in the winter.
- Turning off lights in corridors, and The Street, in hours of darkness.
- Encouragement to use the stairs, not the lift, when not carrying items.
- Installation of energy-reporting power distribution units, and power-recording plugs.
- A policy of not buying microwaves with a clock, thereby reducing power use by almost one watt.
- Installing timers on coffee machines, so they turn off after 5 minutes of use.
- Switch me off stickers on light switches.
- Dimmed lights in the lifts
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