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Free Running Building’s primary aim is to provide building occupants and owners with a thermally comfortable indoor environment using minimal energy consumption. We strip out complicated, expensive and energy intensive services and use innovative techniques to maintain or improve performance.



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Free Running Buildings have been awarded a grant for £944,000 from the InnovateUK Open Competition Round 2 funding call for the project “FREEHEAT: Revolutionising the Viability of Natural Ventilation through Heat Recovery”.

This project will build on the company’s history and experience of developing new technologies to provide a unique system capable of advanced heat recovery. By redesigning existing heat recovery systems, Free Running Buildings will be able to maximise efficiency of these systems whilst reducing the scale and dimensions of this technology.

Prof Ben Hughes, Managing Director, explained, “This project has been building for a long time and is the culmination of multiple projects that we’ve worked on. It will allow the company to grow, not only in staff numbers, but also in terms of presence in the Sheffield Manufacturing Region.”

The project will partner with the University of Strathclyde and make use of their advanced research capabilities as a leading University in the UK and to foster collaboration in the area.


Free Running Buildings were awarded a grant for £538,000 from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from the Thermal Efficiency Innovation Fund to develop their project “Passive Ventilation with Heat Recovery for Air-Tight Facades”.

This funding will see the company develop a new form of heat exchanger, specifically designed to integrate with passive ventilation systems, thereby raising the temperature of incoming air. This will reduce the demand on heating systems, whilst at the same time providing the necessary ventilation supply rates to maintain good indoor quality.

Dr Dominic O’Connor, R&D Director, said, “The TEIF funding from BEIS will enable us to continue our government back R&D program. By winning this funding from BEIS, it shows the technology concepts we have are leading-edge and will have an ongoing benefit across numerous sectors.”

The funding will last for a project length of two years and including material development and full scale testing.




Free Running Buildings won the Research Team of the Year and Best Use of Technology: Carbon Reduction categories at the 2017 TechFest Awards.

The winners of the first TechFest Awards were crowned at the Hilton Bankside in London during a glamorous awards ceremony showcasing the very best technology-led innovations that are driving civil engineering forward.

It was a very exciting event which brought together over 400+ thought-leaders, decision-makers and emerging minds for a glittering evening of celebration, recognition and networking.

The judging panel was packed with business leaders from clients and key innovators across the supply chain, and after review by the expert judges, Free Running Buildings won in recognition of their innovative development of passive building technologies and continuous efforts to publish their work and findings alongside their academic partners.

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Free running buildings awarded the Wsset award for innovation in low carbon cities 2017