HEIF: Counting the 'Real' Carbon (CRC) by the Low Carbon Building Group

 

MEASUREMENT AND MONITORING LOW / ZERO CARBON BUILDINGS
Creation of a rationalized set of Building Performance Evaluation monitoring protocols for domestic, non-domestic buildings, new-build and retrofitted buildings.

Aims

This project seeks to provide industry-focussed services on measuring and monitoring (M&M) the actual performance of low/zero carbon buildings (domestic and non-domestic; new-build and retrofits), both from a technical (which includes assessment of energy use and carbon emission, water consumption, thermal environment, post-construction fabric performance using infra-red thermography, internal air quality, and performance of low/zero carbon technologies) and occupants’ perspective (analysis of occupants’ behaviour, perceptions, comfort and satisfaction levels using questionnaire surveys, interviews and activity log sheets).

Methodology

A detailed literature review on the existing methodologies and protocols for undertaking Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) currently provided by industry, academia, government-led organizations and NGO’s is carried out. The understanding of the existing market and operating framework leads to the creation of a rationalized set of bespoke BPE monitoring protocols.

Outcomes/Findings

The key products and services delivered as a result of the project include: robust and competitively-priced M&M protocols at basic, core, advanced and bespoke levels, with associated monitoring kits, ready for deployment in domestic and non-domestic buildings. The M&M protocols will link in with our award-winning DECoRuM carbon-counting model, which is used to verify actual performance against modelled data, as well as store, analyse and present monitored data on a mapping system, in case a volume of dwellings are to be assessed. Currently, there is a lack of such a coherent, robust and research-based M&M service in the building industry, which is faced with a plethora of carbon reduction targets and commitments.

PROJECT TEAM

CONTACT DETAILS

Professor Rajat Gupta

Low Carbon Building Group

School of Architecture
Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP

rgupta@brookes.ac.uk