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In many parts of Europe, centralised energy systems are in decline while more distributed, diverse, low-carbon and participatory systems are emerging. How are community-based energy projects creating value for their members and society in general? This EU-funded project will work with communities at the forefront of developing new business models, to analyse the contexts from which they emerge and how they engage citizens, create value and share learning. It will also assess their potential to scale up.

  • Funding: Newton Bhabha Fund
  • 2017-2021
  • ECI Lead: Dr Russell Laybury with Dr Katy Janda, ECI Honourary Reserach Associate

iNtelligent Urban Model for Built environment Energy Research (iNumber)

iNumber will develop an urban model for buildings and municipal energy services and related tools to help cities plan for secure energy and water use. It will advance innovative research into: urban data collection (e.g. laser, infrared, and visible remote sensing), big data analytics, and 3D spatial modelling. Using these methods, iNUMBER will co-create interactive planning tools to pinpoint energy demand reductions, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stabilise the electricity grid, and help cities alleviate poverty by providing more support and social services to poorer members of their communities.


Assessing the intangibles: the socioeconomic benefits of improving energy efficiency (IN-BEE)

IN-BEE aims to address the theme of energy efficiency and to describe and provide evidence for the many intangible benefits of improving energy efficiency through a multi-disciplinary approach, combining methods, datasets, and techniques from cutting edge research in law and economics, humanities and consumer behavior, regulation and environmental sciences, as well as engineering.

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Energy Publics: mapping public participation in Bristol's energy transition

This project aims to map energy participation in the West of England, between 2015-2017 and then analysing the results using a whole systems approach.


Recent projects

Retail sector

Working with Infrastructure, Creation of Knowledge, and Energy strategy Development: Solutions for the Retail Sector (WICKED)

Drawing on expertise in mathematical and computer modelling, energy metering, organisational behaviour, and property law, WICKED aims to unpick the knots that hinder retail sector energy management. It engages with partners—retailers, property owners, business groups, and energy advice companies—to learn from real-world problems and co-create solutions.

Energy monitoring
  • Funding: EPSRC
  • 2014-2016
  • PI: Dr Nick Eyre

Carbon reduction options for Housing managers - Real Time (CROHM RT)

This project will develop, test and verify a new energy model: Carbon Reduction Options for Housing Managers CROHM RT). CROHM RT will be able to combine conventional energy survey data with high frequency energy monitoring data and detailed tenant energy usage and appliance data.

  • Funding: ESRC
  • 2014-2015
  • Led by: Kathryn Janda

Cooperative Organisational and Academic Learning through Empirical Scholarship (COALESCE)

This project looked to improve the energy performance of the commercial property sector through a knowledge exchange partnership, to help bridge the gap between what buildings are and what they could be in terms of their energy and performance.

  • Funding: EPSRC | EDF
  • 2010-2013
  • Led by: Kathryn Janda

Building expertise: A 'system of professions' approach to low-carbon housing refurbishment

This project explored the role of the building professions in the UK and France in delivering a comprehensive low carbon refurbishment of existing housing stock. This included looking at how different professions reacted to the threats and opportunities implied by low carbon refurbishment.

  • Funding: UKERC | Carbon Vision Buildings | United Nations Division for Sustainable Development
  • 2007-2009
  • Led by: Kathryn Janda

Worldwide Status of Energy Standards for Buildings

This project investigated the worldwide status of energy standards for buildings in more than 80 countries keyed to the legal status and building sector coverage of such standards in different countries. It described which countries have added new energy standards since the previous study in 1993. The project aimed to gather information on existing standards or proposed strategies that improve the energy performance of buildings.

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