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UCL has been awarded Gold EcoCampus certification following an audit of its Environmental Sustainability Management System. Currently used in nearly half of Russell Group universities, EcoCampus is a leading tool to assess environmental management in Higher Education. More...
Published: Nov 28, 2013 3:46:00 PM
UCLoo Festival is an exciting series of hands-on activities and events based on research relating to the challenge of redesigning the toilet for the 21st century. The festival’s convenors are Sarah Bell (UCL Urban Laboratory Co-Director), Barbara Penner (Bartlett School of Architecture) and Tse-Hui Teh (Bartlett School of Planning). It opens on UN World Toilet Day on the 19th November and runs until the 3rd December. More...
Published: Nov 19, 2013 12:48:00 PM
Craig Robertson (UCL Energy Institute): Rally Round the Data! The role of energy data feedback in building design and construction practice.
This research projects explores the role that building energy consumption data could play in supporting decisions in the UK construction industry.
There is a drive to reduce the carbon emissions associated with new and existing buildings; incentives and legislation aim to encourage or oblige designers, managers, owners and builders to address building energy consumption. However this has often led to lower predicted rather than actual energy consumption.
A number of barriers, perceived and actual exist which prevent construction industry decision makers from collecting energy data to diagnose the problems that lead to this discrepancy. More still which prevent this knowledge being applied to future work.
This poster outlines a mixed methodology for exploring the landscape of legislation, guidance and incentives as well as the social, economic and reputational barriers that prevent effective action. The outcome of this work will be a data visualisation targeting information to improve energy related decisions.