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EPSRC Reference: GR/S94377/01
Title: Carbon Reduction in Buildings: A socio-technical, longitudinal study of carbon use in buildings
Principal Investigator: Lomas, Professor K
Other Investigators:
Shipworth, Dr D Guy, Professor S Oreszczyn, Professor T
Ward, Mr I
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Project Partners:
Connell Mott Macdonald East Midlands Electricity Improvement & Dev Agency for Local Gov
Leicester City Council National Energy Services Rudloe Centre for Climate Change
Sustainable Development Commission Town & Country Planning ASS Valuation Office Agency
Yorkshire Forward
Department: Institute of Energy and Sustainable Dev
Organisation: De Montfort University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2004 Ends: 31 March 2009 Value (£): 3,025,374
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Building Ops & Management Construction Ops & Management
Energy Efficiency
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Past efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the existing buildings have had limited success. Reasons for this include: the absence of a transparent and validated strategy for modelling energy use in the nations non-domestic building stock; a poor understanding of how people use energy in buildings, how they interact with new technology and how they respond to socio-technical energy conservation initiatives; a chronic shortage of openly available energy use data matched with descriptors of physical form, occupant characteristics and the installed appliances and services; and the absence of useable models for benchmarking, targeting and monitoring energy use in communities.Our vision is to create an innovative, public domain, socio-technical model of buildings applicable at national, regional, city and community level. It will predict current carbon emissions and the changes resulting from energy efficiency measures, the deployment of renewable energy technologies and the use of non-technical interventions . The model will be developed, validated and demonstrated using both existing data and new data collected in 4 towns from buildings which are representative of the nation's occupant/building stock profile. Potentially effective socio-technical interventions will be implemented and the long term impact monitored. Innovative disseminations routes are to be explored.The open architecture of the national model, the functioning community model and the data archive will be of immense value to all those with a stake in a low-carbon future.
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