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Reference Number EP/V012053/1
Title The Active Building Centre Research Programme (ABC RP)
Status Started
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Industry) 20%;
ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Residential and commercial) 20%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electricity transmission and distribution) 20%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Energy storage) 20%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 20%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 35%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 35%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr A Khan
No email address given
Engineering
Swansea University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2020
End Date 30 September 2022
Duration 30 months
Total Grant Value £9,324,025
Industrial Sectors
Region Wales
Programme ISCF Active Building Centre
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr A Khan , Engineering, Swansea University (99.964%)
  Other Investigator Professor PC Eames , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Professor J Walls , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr D Giaouris , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr C Patsios , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor G Stratton , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Professor J Sienz , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr J S Sykes , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr MC Gillott , Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr IAG Wilson , Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Dr Y Ding , Inst of Particle Science & Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor N ( Nilay ) Shah , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr D Densley Tingley , Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor M Mayfield , Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor N (Nick ) Jenkins , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr J Wu , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Professor K Lomas , Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr D Allinson , Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Professor DA (David ) Coley , Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr S Allen , Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor RJ (Richard ) Green , Business School, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor D Coca , Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor G (Goran ) Strbac , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr EC Kerrigan , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor M Jones , Physics, Swansea University (0.001%)
Professor (Nicholas ) Pidgeon , Psychology, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr I Walker , Psychology, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr SL Walker , Fac of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University (0.001%)
Dr LT Rodrigues , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr R Boukhanouf , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Professor T (Tadj ) Oreszczyn , Bartlett Sch of Env, Energy & Resources, University College London (0.001%)
Professor K Henwood , Sch of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr C Morisset , Sch of Computin, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor A van Moorsel , Sch of Computin, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr S Hillcoat-Nalletamby , College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University (0.001%)
Professor JA Clark , Computer Science, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor CBA Musselwhite , Psychology, Aberystwyth University (0.001%)
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Objectives
Abstract The ABC is one of the two hubs funded through the Transforming Construction (TC) Industrial Challenge. ABC aims to revolutionise the way the UK designs, manufactures, constructs and operates buildings.The TC challenge was principally focused on meeting the targets set in the Construction 2025 strategy, namely to:reduce whole-life costs by 33%; reduce whole-life emissions by 50%; slash time from conception to completion by 50%; boost productivity by 15% close the gap with the average for the economyThe ABC must first focus upon ensuring that the industry can meet the objectives of the TC Challenge listed above; whilst also working towards the wider and more long term targets faced by the industry. To achieve the government's target for net-zero by 2050 will require significant changes in how we design new buildings, how new technologies are developed and adopted, how buildings and community assets interact as part of the wider energy network, and how we approach retrofit of the existing building stock.The ABC RP is responsible for carrying out the early stage research to support the activities of the ABC RTO, with the combined mission to enable transformative change and innovation within the construction industry, and to progress a long-term pathway that ensures that the built environment is an integral part of the wider energy infrastructure.The ABC RP brings together a consortium of leading Academics, across 10 university partnerships. Combining expertise from both the built environment and energy sectors, including: architecture and design, low and zero carbon technologies, analytics and modelling, social science and human interaction, and business modelling.Typically buildings are simply consumers of energy, they can optimise their energy usage within the constraints of the building envelope, however they do not respond to, or interact with the wider energy network. As we progress towards zero carbon there will be increasing integration of renewable generation technologies within buildings, and electrification of heating through the use of heat pumps or direct electric heating. Combining this with the electrification of transport, and the increasing use of electric vehicles, has the potential to put significant additional strain on the existing infrastructure, unless we adapt how we design and control buildings in-use.By managing building loads in response to the needs of the grid, through transactive energy approaches such as demand response, or through the use of distributed generation and storage, buildings can provide benefits at a community or wider scale. For example by reducing demand or exporting to the grid at times of peak demand; providing ancillary services to the grid such as voltage and frequency response, and providing increased reliability and resilience through distribution of energy assets.To achieve a truly seamless integration of buildings within the wider energy infrastructure and enable a transactivemarket between buildings and the grid, which functions effectively and delivers benefits to all stakeholders whilst maintaining grid stability, presents a number of technological and legislative challenges. The ABC RP aims to tackle these and to address the following key challenges:1) Demonstrate the benefits of ABs across building and community scales.2) Demonstrate implementation of compact thermal storage solutions to enable effective multi-vector energy optimisation at building, community and national level.3) Demonstrate the use of advanced controls and optimisation processes for end-use energy reduction and optimisation of energy generation and storage (electricity and heat) to meet building demand and respond to wider grid requirements.4) Understand and define the role Active Buildings can take as energy agents at national infrastructure scale.5) Apply (1) through (4) to the retrofit challenge.
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