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Reference Number GR/S94377/01
Title Carbon Reduction in Buildings: A socio-technical, longitudinal study of carbon use in buildings
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Residential and commercial) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 50%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor K Lomas
No email address given
Civil and Building Engineering
Loughborough University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2004
End Date 31 March 2009
Duration 54 months
Total Grant Value £3,025,374
Industrial Sectors Construction
Region East Midlands
Programme Process Environment and Sustainability
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor K Lomas , Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (66.997%)
  Other Investigator Mr I Ward , Architectural Studies, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor S (Simon ) Guy , Environment and Development, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr D (David ) Shipworth , UCL Energy Institute, University College London (0.001%)
Professor T (Tadj ) Oreszczyn , Bartlett Sch of Env, Energy & Resources, University College London (33.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Energy Services (0.000%)
Project Contact , East Midlands Electricity Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Leicester City Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Connell Mott Macdonald (0.000%)
Project Contact , Improvement & Development Agency for Local Government (IDeA) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Town & Country Planning Assoc (TCPA) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Valuation Office Agency (0.000%)
Project Contact , Yorkshire Forward (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sustainable Development Commission (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rudloe Centre for Climate Change (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract 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 willbe of immense value to all those with a stake in a low-carbon future
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