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Reference Number EP/N009797/1
Title Low carbon climate-responsive Heating and Cooling of Cities (LoHCool)
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 (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 50%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 70%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 10%;
Principal Investigator Professor CA Short
No email address given
University of Cambridge
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2015
End Date 31 March 2019
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £798,987
Industrial Sectors
Region East of England
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor CA Short , Architecture, University of Cambridge (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Dr R Yao , Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading (0.001%)
Professor PM Guthrie , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Professor CSB Grimmond , Meteorology, University of Reading (0.001%)
Professor K Lomas , Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr M Herzog , Geography, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Buro Happold Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chongqing University (CQU), China (0.000%)
Project Contact , AECOM (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chartered Institute of Building (0.000%)
Project Contact , Skanska UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , China Academy of Building Research (CABR) (0.000%)
Project Contact , China Association of Building Energy Efficiency (BISE) (0.000%)
Project Contact , China Green Building Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , China-Britain Business Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chongqing Commission of Urban-Rural Development, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chongqing Construction Engineering Group, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chongqing Green Building Council, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hangzhou Municipal Construction and Development Co., Ltd, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , ARCC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Building Design Partnership (BDP) (0.000%)
Project Contact , China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute Corp. Ltd (CSWADI) (0.000%)
Project Contact , SPIE Limited (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Screenspace Productions Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science (SRIBS), China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Shenzhen Institute of Building Research, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Shimao Group, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Zhejiang Province Construction and Investment Group, China (0.000%)
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Abstract LoHCool focuses on topic T1 'Delivering economic and energy-efficient heating and cooling to city areas of different population densities and climates'. It confronts directly the conundrum of offering greater winter and summer comfort in a Continental climate zone whilst mitigating what would be a carbon penalty of prodigious proportions. It concentrates on recovering value from the existing building stock, some 3.4 Billion m2 in which dwell and work some 550 Million citizens. It is highly cross-disciplinary involving engineers, building scientists, atmospheric scientists, architects and behavioural researchers in China and UK measuring real performance in new and particularly in existing buildings in Chinese cities to investigate the use of passive and active systems within integrated design and re-engineering. It focuses on the very challenging dynamic within China's Hot Summer/Cold Winter HSCW climate zone. It aims to enable the much desired improvements in living conditions and comfort levels within buildings through developing a keen understanding of the current heating and cooling technologies and practices in buildings by monitoring, surveying and measuring people's comfort and capturing this understanding through developing systems modelling including energy simulations. It will borrow on UK research for comparative purposes, for example work examining the current and future environmental conditions within the whole National Health Service (NHS) Hospital Estate in England and the practical economic opportunities, very considerable, for significant improvement whilst saving carbon at the rate required by ambitious NHS targets. It will propose detailed practical and economic low and very low carbon options for re-engineering the dominant building types which we will identify in a series of cities, as developed with local stakeholders, contractors and building professionals, exploring economic and energy-efficient low carbon district heating and cooling systems. Finally, it will test them in the current climate, 'current' extreme events, future climates and will estimate the carbon implications and cost of widespread implementation. Findings for the existing stock will be equally applicable to new-build, in many ways a simpler prospect
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