29 Oct 2009 12:00pm - 2:00pm CRASSH 17 Mill Lane


An interdisciplinary approach for decarbonising the built environment 

Session Co-ordinator: Scott Kelly 

The built environment accounts for about one-third of total energy consumption and around 45% of total carbon emissions in the UK. De-carbonisation of the built environment is therefore necessary if international climate change targets are going to be realized. Morever, it is now widely accepted that energy efficiency and demand side management technologies provide some of the deepest and most cost-effective ways to cut carbon emissions, yet despite the overall potential, serious progress in decarbonising the built environment has stagnated. Why have government policy interventions failed? What can we do differently to ensure targets are met? Are there any examples or policies which show promise and exceed expectation? Reconciling the many competing forces driving energy consumption in the built environment will require an holistic complex systems approach with novel and innovative solutions. This seminar will discuss the latest research being conducted on how the UK will de-carbonise the building stock.

 Speakers from the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University (TBC)

Tina Fawcett

Recent research highlights from the Environmental Change Institute

The 'Lower Carbon Futures' energy team at ECI undertakes multi-disciplinary research on energy use and carbon emissions, with a particular focus on household energy use. Recent research output include: modelling energy demand scenarios to 2050,  investigating the UK market for micro-generation, strategies for low carbon renovation for the existing housing stock, personal carbon trading, personal energy feedback and smart metering. In our research we attempt to blend scientific, technological, economic, policy and social science approaches and insights to generate new knowledge and to develop approaches to delivering a lower carbon future. In this talk I will give examples from our recent work and demonstrate the benefits of a multi-disciplinary research philosophy.

Scott Kelly

A framework for modelling decarbonisation: perspectives from engineering and economics.

Many engineering-based models exist that aim to measure the energy consumption, efficiency and carbon emissions from the built environment. These models take physical approach to quantify energy consumption based on real-world physical limits. Likewise, there are a number models based on consumer demand theory which attempt to predict how households make decisions about energy demand. In order to build an accurate picture for how energy, comfort and appliance choice will affect the decarbonisation of the built environment a multidisciplinary approach is required that considers both the physical environment and the human-centric economic environment. This talk will give recent experiences in modelling the decarbonisation of the built environment.



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