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Reference Number DT/E011160/1
Title Carbon Lite - holistic low carbon design tool
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 40%;
Not Energy Related 60%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor P Jones
No email address given
Cardiff University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 24 September 2007
End Date 23 February 2010
Duration 29 months
Total Grant Value £127,785
Industrial Sectors Construction; Energy
Region Wales
Programme Energy Research Capacity, User-Led Research
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor P Jones , Architecture, Cardiff University (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Mr DK Alexander , Architecture, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Mr S Lannon , Architecture, Cardiff University (0.001%)
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Abstract Funded through the DTi and EPSRC, a consortium of leaders in low Carbon design headed by the Building Research Establishment Ltd., are to produce a new generation holistic Low-Carbon design tool Carbon Lite. The Carbon Lite software tool will work alongside and inform the design process in the generation of low carbon buildings with optimum occupancy environments. The tool will be innovative and will fill a market gap by responding to all stages of the building design process including the inception and site analysis stage ensuring that low carbon principles are embraced right at the start of the project. The tool will be easy to use and will provide answers and guidance quickly and intuitively. Carbon Lite will centre around three inter-dependant software packages: firstly a Strategy Wizard will be used to consider site analysis, followed by a sketch design package for assessing different design options. The third package comprises a Carbon Mixing Desk that will aid in the analysis of the technical and cost benefits of renewable energy systems. Cardiff University, as a member of the consortium, is to develop effective data flow between the user and the three packages; defining an underlying Data Structure that will serve the components. In addition, Cardiff University will aid in the population of the system with design exemplars and in the testing of the product.
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