Microsoft Xbox reveals a new building with sustainable design at its heart

By Amy Dawson
Microsoft News UK
April 22, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LEICESTERSHIRE, UK — Commissioning a state-of-the-art new game development space in 2020, when the future of work seemed totally unpredictable, was a bold move. But it’s a move that’s paid off for the Xbox Game Studio, Rare, which is marking Earth Day 2024 by fully unveiling the new building for the first time. Barn X, built on Rare’s existing Leicestershire campus, exemplifies the leading edge of eco design. It has just been certified LEED GOLD, a world-recognised symbol in sustainable building. …Barn X runs purely on electricity and is Xbox’s first mass timber building in Europe. Mass timber structures lock in carbon over the decades, creating a much lower carbon footprint than materials such as concrete or steel. The inner timber structure for Barn X was locally sourced, but the exterior cladding timber is New Zealand Accoya. …[Introducing Barn X – a YouTube video].

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