The Zuckerman Institute for Connective Environmental Research (ZICER) was officially opened in 2003 by the then Secretary of State for Education and Skills, the Rt Hon Charles Clarke, MP, in the presence of special guest Dr Paul Zuckerman.
ZICER is the first physical symbol of recognition commemorating Lord Solly Zuckerman, the Government's first Chief Scientific Adviser and one of the founding fathers of The School of Environmental Sciences. Covering five floors, it houses office accommodation for staff, seminar rooms and a novel exhibition on the top floor. The building also houses a Virtual Reality theatre which is the centrepiece of the Social Science for the Environment, Virtual Reality and Experimental Laboratories (SSEVREL).
This building has showcased some of the most innovative environmentally friendly building design of its time in the world. The roof is covered with photovoltaic panels, which generate 33 kilowatt of electricity in peak conditions. This is fed into the building, reducing the demand on the grid. The building is naturally cooled by air which is circulated at night through the building's hollow Termodeck floors. Improved insulation, triple glazed windows, energy efficient lighting, as well as better sealing and more efficient air handling result in lower energy standards.