UCL Energy Institute


UCL-Energy Seminar 'Reducing energy use in buildings: does disclosure help?'

03 October 2017, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

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Lord Kelvin is regularly misquoted as saying that "you can’t manage what you don’t measure". Had he said this, he might have gone on to say that measuring it and keeping it secret doesn’t help either. 

Throughout the world governments are putting in place policies aimed at reducing or limiting energy use in buildings but in very few of these countries is the energy use data for individual buildings available to researchers and others that might help in this cause. The exceptions where disclosure does occur are typically only partial: NABERS in Australia covers commercial and some retail buildings, Display Energy Certificates (DECs) in the UK apply only to public buildings and disclosure for buildings in the USA varies by state and city. This talk will examine some of the existing disclosure mechanisms to establish their value, advantages and problems. It will then look at the case for wider disclosure in the UK and the impact this might have.

About the speaker

Professor Paul Ruyssevelt BA BArch PhD

Paul is Professor of Energy and Building Performance at the UCL Energy Institute where he takes the lead on research in the field of energy use in non-domestic buildings.  An architect with 30 years’ experience in the field of low energy and sustainable buildings he has worked in both academia and industry and always maintained an active involvement in applied research.  During his 25 years’ in industry he managed UK based consultancy teams working in the field of building and industrial energy efficiency, organisational carbon management and renewable energy technologies.  He has undertaken technical, financial and market analyses in the energy efficiency and carbon management.  Current research focuses on the energy and environmental performance of existing and new buildings and encompasses work to develop a model of the UK building stock through which future energy scenarios can be explored.  He is the UK Representative to the IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) Implementing Agreement and he played a leading role in establishing the new Annex 70 on Building Energy Epidemiology.

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