23 December 2014

Architecture staff win ‘Best Paper’ award for low carbon community research

A research paper by Rajat Gupta and Matt Gregg has won the award for ‘Best Paper’ at the 30th International Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) conference.

Professor Rajat Gupat receiving the Best Paper award.

The paper was titled ‘A quiet revolution: Mapping energy use in low carbon communities’. It presented the role and application of the DECoRuM carbon mapping approach used in the EVALOC low carbon communities project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council/Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The approach rapidly assesses, tracks and visualises the potential for improving the energy efficiency of the housing stock across five low carbon communities in the UK on a house by house level.

The international conference was held in Ahmedabad, India from 16-18 December 2014. It was attended by 500 delegates from 50 countries and approximately 200 papers and 100 posters were presented. On winning the award, Professor Rajat Gupta said ‘We are delighted to receive this Best-Paper award on our carbon mapping research. This award will further enhance our international esteem and impact in the field of low carbon buildings.

Rajat Gupta is Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change and Director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University. Matt Gregg is a Research Fellow in Architecture and Climate Change in the Low Carbon Building Group of OISD.

PLEA is a leading international network of academics and practitioners that share expertise in the arts, sciences, planning and design of the built environment. They organise international conferences and workshops, expert group meetings and consultancies, scientific and technical publications, and architectural competitions and exhibitions.