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Reference Number NIA_NGN_068
Title Sustainable Multi Storey Communities
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 20%;
Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 80%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Town and Country Planning) 25%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 October 2014
End Date 01 October 2016
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £125,000
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGN_068
Objectives Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the current situation (with regard to multi storey communities in the North East); including the attitudes, needs, priorities and perspectives of stakeholders (including Residents, Northern Power Grid, Northern Gas Network, Northumbrian Water Ltd, Newcastle City Council, Your Homes Newcastle and Newcastle University), the physical and technological status of the multi-storey communities within a North East Wide pool, the options available to multi storey communities, and the responsibilities, regulatory limitations or accessibility to existing funding steams. The project will also seek to identify and scope some concrete stakeholder-friendly, socio-technical interventions that allow Networks to have the future energy systems that better serve the inhabitants and owners of the multi-storey dwellings. Preliminary decision support /tree tool informing industry partners on the current options availableDevelopment of a potential strategy for further investigation areas and benefits of these investigationsAn Initial combined social technical and economic analysis - including initiatives, non-energy values, built environment, re-bundling of value chainsInitial business case development describing findings, results and informing future and related projects It is anticipated that together this will provide direct further investigation into the approaches that may be suitable within differing sites, scales, and provide sufficient information to either identification of appropriate pre-existing funding streams to implement change, or evidence to put to central government and industry regulators to request change to funding streams (DECC, Ofgem, Ofwat).
Abstract The need to deliver a low carbon economy target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (based on 1990 levels) by 2050, and to decarbonised electricity generation by 2030, while maintaining secure and robust energy supplies and addressing issues of fuel poverty and aging infrastructure poses significant challenge to the UK energy sector. The future role of the gas network to support large scale transition to the low carbon economy has a large number of uncertainties, especially sounding fuel poverty in a community / social housing context. At present the domestic requirement for energy is 30. 7% of the UK’s energy demand (pre-dominantly supplied by gas), and domestic heating accounts for almost 20% of the UK’s CO2 emissions. Conventional (i. e. energy sector based) approaches to reduction of green-house gas emissions and alleviation of fuel poverty are mostly focused ona) physical energy efficiency measures ,b) accessibility to more affordable energy (heating) sources,c) incorporation of renewable energy technologies to supplement energy use, andd) encourage awareness of energy usage Often these approaches are implemented in relative isolation by single stakeholders or small groups of stakeholder (e. g. Local authorities, arm’s length management organisations, individuals) who utilise the existing energy schemes (which are defined in part by technology push) to fulfil their own direct monetary and non-monetary needs (or obligations). These may address the obligations of others indirectly but these benefits will not necessarily be quantified or reported. Although this approach has been successful in terms of collective uptake (and has resulted in partial reduction in green-house gas emissions and alleviation of fuel poverty) within low and medium-rise buildings, more limited success (both in terms of uptake and in realising wider goals) is often stated in large complex systems such as multi-storey communities. Multi-storey communities provide a unique combination of large scale complex buildings (in terms of overall design and space) which have diverse and high density occupation and a high collective demand for both direct and indirect resource consumption and provision for waste production (which spans utilities and may be constrained by the structure and function of multiple regulatory frameworks). Therefore these communities naturally have multi-stakeholder interest and interdependence (spanning for example the needs and objectives of residents, local authorities, arm’s-length management organisations, private landlords, and multiple infrastructure and utility providers). The complexity of building fabric, current energy source and resident behaviour provides a real challenge to reduce energy costs to the neediest while at the same time increasing their comfort levels at the lowest possible carbon environment. serif";} In conjunction with Northern Powergird, we have formed as a collaborative partnership with Newcastle University Sustainability Centre and Durham University are the North East’s leading centre for this type of work. Northumbrian Water are also participating in this project to providing technical knowledge and share in the potential learning. The work will also study the role existing energy supplies have to play in the current lifestyle, the transition from existing to future sources and its role longer term to determine its impact on the UK’s heatsolutions. This is project is related to NIA_NGN_ 079 Low Carbon Energy Solutions with Thirteen as the sharing of learning across technologies and behaviours is seen as crucial. To undertake a research study into the current funding landscape/how this relates to the social & technical solutions applicable to case studies and undertake an analysis of current gaps. Analysis of potential building related improvements and energy reduction measures based on inarticulated/articulated demand profiles. Statement of provisional technical solutions available and applicable to case study Multi storey communities - including cost benefit analysisThis project will consist potentially of 4 consecutive stages, each stage informing the next and communicating the findings and their implications to wider entities e. g. industrial, regulatory and/or funding bodies. Outcomes may be particularly pertinent to the objectives of the newly formed UK Regulators Network (UKRN), especially with reference to the cross-sector infrastructure engagement and explaining the benefits of economic regulationNote : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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