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EPSRC Reference: GR/S94285/01
Title: Technology Assessment for Radically Improving the Built Asset baSE (TARBASE)
Principal Investigator: Banfill, Professor PF
Other Investigators:
Newborough, Professor M Jackson, Professor T Shao, Professor L
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr A Peacock
Project Partners:
BSRIA Building Research Establishment (BRE) Royal Inst of British Architects RIBA
Scottish Government, The University of Ulster
Department: Sch of the Built Environment
Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 July 2004 Ends: 31 March 2009 Value (£): 1,421,635
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Building Ops & Management Construction Ops & Management
Energy Efficiency
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction
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The aim of the project described in this proposal is to deliver technological solutions which will allow a radical, visible, step change input to policies and programmes designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the UK building stock. To achieve the Carbon Vision target of a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 requires radical action to be taken on the UK's existing built assets, since at least 75% of the building stock that will be present in 2030 is already in existence. The unique feature of this consortium project is its focus on existing buildings. It will assess the potential of present and future technologies available for carbon intensity reduction under three headings - (i) building fabric and installed HVAC, (ii) energy production and storage, and (iii) end-use equipment. The worth, by direct and embodied carbon reduction and by cost, of each technological intervention will be estimated for each of a set of generically representative types of both domestic and non-domestic buildings, so that when they are applied to those buildings shown by surveys to be dominant in the existing built asset base, the maximum impact on overall carbon emissions will result. Investigating user perceptions of these best technologies, evaluating regulatory constraints and developing demonstration designs for the generic building types will permit policies and marketing strategies for adoption of these radical solutions to be developed so that the Carbon Vision target can be reached.
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