EPSRC funds building energy consumption research
New research projects involved with energy consumption in non-domestic buildings have been launched by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (on behalf of the Research Councils UK Energy Programme).
Six UK universities are to share £4m of government money: Imperial College, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Southampton and Strathclyde.
The research will address “how to use technology, data and information, mathematics, law and sociology to create better energy strategies and behaviours in the public and private, non-domestic buildings stock”.
Specifically, the projects are:
Future-proofing facilities management (Future FM) – Imperial College London
This project will address how big data can help facilities managers deliver future proofed energy efficiency improvements.
B-bem: The Bayesian building energy management Portal – Professor Philip Nelson – EPSRC Chief Executive
This project will develop and recommend a new approach to performing uncertainty analysis as well as the display and interpretation of uncertainty in energy management of non-domestic buildings.
Data-Driven Sociotechnical Energy Management in Public Sector Buildings – University of Edinburgh
This project will aim to construct a feedback loop to give information to building managers and occupants on their energy consumption, the activities using energy, and how much for each one, with suggestions on how to reduce energy expenditure and use.
Working with Information, Creation of Knowledge, and Energy strategy Deployment (WICKED) in Non-Domestic Buildings – University of Oxford
This project will aim to provide insight into the inter-relationship between the technical, legal, and organisational challenges involved in improving energy performance in the retail sector, for both small and large organisations.
Pervasive sensing for collaborative facilities management – University of Strathclyde
This project will explore the use of sensors to capture data on environmental conditions, occupant behaviour and personalised energy use and map this information to support negotiations between occupants and facilities managers.
Aperio: low cost façade management in naturally ventilated buildings – University of Southampton
This project will examine how external digital cameras can be used to monitor how windows blinds and lighting are used and how occupants’ needs, such as privacy, comfort and security can be balanced with energy management.
“Improving energy efficiency is an important piece of the energy puzzle,” said Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s Chief Executive.
“Worldwide energy demand is rising, as are global temperatures and sea levels. We need to find smart solutions to how we use energy while improving the environment in which people have to work, rest or play. These projects will go a long way to help improve our understanding of what goes on in non-domestic buildings and add to the armoury at the disposal of those managing these facilities.”