Six research projects target energy in non-domestic buildings

Six new research projects are looking at how energy is managed in offices, supermarkets and other non-domestic buildings. The projects are supported with £3m funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on behalf of the Research Councils UK Energy Programme (RCUKEP).

The studies will specifically address how to use technology, data and information, mathematics, law and sociology to create better energy strategies and behaviours in buildings.

The six projects and their aims are:

  • Future-proofing facilities management (Future FM): to address how big data can help facilities managers deliver future proofed energy efficiency improvements. Run at Imperial College London
  • B-bem: the Bayesian building energy management portal: to 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. Run at University of Cambridge
  • Data-driven societal energy management in public sector buildings: 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. Run at University of Edinburgh
  • Working with information, creation of knowledge and energy strategy deployment (WICKED) in non-domestic buildings: to provide insight into the inter-relationship between the technical, legal and organisational challenges involved in improving energy performance in the retail sector for small and large organisations. University of Oxford
  • Pervasive sensing for collaborative facilities management: to 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. University of Strathclyde
  • Aperio: low cost façade management in naturally ventilated buildings: to 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. Run by University of Southampton.

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