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Reference Number EP/S030786/1
Title Advanced building facade design for optimal delivery of end use energy demand
Status Started
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr Y Wu
No email address given
Faculty of Engineering
University of Nottingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2019
End Date 30 June 2024
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £1,653,108
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region East Midlands
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr Y Wu , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Professor PC Eames , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr G Claudio , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr A A Tahir , Engineering Computer Science and Maths, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Dr S Sundaram , Engineering Computer Science and Maths, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Dr T (Tapas Kumar ) Mallick , School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Dr H Liu , Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr R Wilson , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Brinell Vision Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Couch Perry Wilkes LLP (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Elementa Consulting Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , MDelta Ltd (0.000%)
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Buildings currently account for over 40% of the total UK energy consumption and a similar percentage of the UK CO2 emissions. The energy used in buildings is largely required for creating a thermally and visually comfortable environment for building occupants. Glazed facades play an important role in determining a building's energy performance and are called upon to perform a range of, sometimes conflicting, functions. They are required to i) regulate heat transfer to and from the external environment by solar and long wave radiation, conduction and convection ii) allow transmittance natural daylight to provide interior illumination, reducing the need for supplementary electric lighting and to provide an aesthetic function, both in terms of their influence on building appearance and providing occupants a visual link to the external environment. Improving fenestration energy performance can make a significant contribution to reducing building energy loads. It is reported that optimal glazing design could reduce residential building energy consumption by 10-50% in most climates, while for commercial, institutional and industrial buildings, a properly specified fenestration system could reduce lighting and air-conditioning costs by 10-40%.We are going to carry out a holistic approach to develop advanced facades technologies to achieve building energy demand reduction goals. This compliments Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) objectives of energy demand within the "building" & "heat decarbonisation" theme of the centre. Low cost optical components will be designed and integrated into conventional double glazing, which will significantly increase the thermal resistance of the window, provide control of the solar heat gain, and enable windows to perform better than walls on a yearly basis in terms of their net energy balance. Building energy loads will be reduced significantly while providing comfortable daylight. The target is that when integrate in a typical commercial building the novel glazing facade system will provide comfortable annual daylight levels achieving over a 20% reduction in annual artificial lighting energy consumption, reduce space heating demand by over 30% in the heating season and cooling load by 20% in Summer. The integration in a facade system of active solar energy technologies with better performing windows may potentially lead commercial buildings to be a negative energy load on an annual basis.

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Added to Database 08/04/19