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Reference Number GR/S94285/01
Title Technology Assessment for Radically Improving the Built Asset baSE (TARBASE)
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 (Architecture and the Built Environment) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor PFG Banfill
No email address given
Sch of the Built Environment
Heriot-Watt University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2004
End Date 31 March 2009
Duration 57 months
Total Grant Value £1,421,635
Industrial Sectors Construction
Region Scotland
Programme Process Environment and Sustainability
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor PFG Banfill , Sch of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Professor T (Tim ) Jackson , Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey (0.001%)
Dr L Shao , Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading (0.001%)
Professor M (Marcus ) Newborough , ITM Power PLC (0.001%)
  Recognised Researcher Mr A Peacock , Heriot-Watt University (0.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , BSRIA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Building Research Establishment (BRE) Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Scottish Government (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Ulster (0.000%)
Project Contact , Royal Institute of British Architects (0.000%)
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Abstract The aim of the project described in this proposal is to deliver technological solutions which will allow a radical, visible, step change input to policies and programmes designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the UK building stock. To achieve the Carbon Vision target of a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 requires radical action to be taken on the UK's existing built assets, since at least 75% of the building stock that will be present in 2030 is already in existence. The unique feature of this consortium project is its focus on existing buildings. It will assess the potential of present and future technologies available for carbon intensity reduction under three headings - (i) building fabric and installed HVAC, (ii) energy production and storage, and (iii) end-use equipment. The worth, by direct and embodied carbon reduction and by cost, of each technological intervention will be estimated for each of a set of generically representative types ofboth domestic and non-domestic buildings, so that when they are applied to those buildings shown by surveys to be dominant in the existing built asset base, the maximum impact on overall carbon emissions will result. Investigating user perceptions of these best technologies, evaluating regulatory constraints and developing demonstration designs for the generic building types will permit policies and marketing strategies for adoption of these radical solutions to be developed so that the CarbonVision target can be reached
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