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Energy Utilisation in Buildings

Through their construction and operational lifetime, buildings in the UK are responsible for 50% of all our carbon emissions. ETP universities are working with the construction industry to significantly reduce energy usage and carbon emissions by improving energy efficiency.


 
 
ETP Expertise in Energy Utilisation in Buildings 
Improving Energy efficiency

ETP is at the forefront of R&D for both energy efficient technologies and construction methodologies for both new build and retrofit of existing building stock. A huge variety of capabilities are available to industry such as: Knowledge of changing regulatory requirements, Structural engineers (timber, steel and masonry specialists), integration of renewables, acoustic testing to regulatory standards, architect and design specialists, product life cycle analysis, Timber engineering specialists, Modern methods of construction both off and on-site, building energy envelope analysis and improvements, fire risk and risk analysis, impact of climate change on buildings, energy consumption and performance monitoring, human factors-users, fuel poverty, SUDS optimization, smart materials in buildings, building insulation techniques and materials, integrated renewable energy generators, passive building performance analysis and human behavior in buildings.

Modelling and real world performance software

ETP uses state of the art computer modelling tools to analyse and integrate energy efficiency measures alongside other environmental needs.  One research project enables the designer to disaggregate energy consumption and resulting CO2 emissions of a specific house type and then apply a variety of different methodologies and technologies to apply effective reduction measures.

Micro-renewables

ETP is working with industry to develop building integrated renewable energy technologies including;  Micro-CHP, integrated solar, micro-wind, heat pumps and fuel cells. I.T. control software systems and Smart buildings are being developed to autonomously monitor and control energy efficient buildings. Traditional construction techniques are heavily dependent upon on- site development with key stages of construction therefore dependent upon weather conditions. New off-site construction methodologies and techniques are being developed that are more efficient and allow new energy saving materials or systems to be integrated into new build designs much more effectively.

Developing new materials and construction techniques

Materials research is also an important aspect of the work being undertaken by ETP. This includes work on both conventional materials such as timber framing and also new methods of insulation. Traditional construction techniques are heavily dependent upon on- site development with key stages of construction therefore dependent upon weather conditions. New off-site construction methodologies and techniques are being developed that are more efficient and allow new energy saving materials or systems to be integrated into new build designs much more effectively. 

 

Energy Utilisation - Case Studies

Free Flow Technologies (FFT), is a Glasgow based electric bicycle manufacturer, who are developing a lightweight and efficient pedal assist e-bike, they are looking to achieve this through innovative gearing system technology. This technology is being brought to the market in 2015 and conforms to standards set by British, CE and EN standard authorities. ETP has supported their commercial proposal by assisting the company to work with the Strathclyde University Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) in provisioning an optimum design and production methodology for the ebikes innovative gearing system.

Whole Life Consultants Ltd (WLC Ltd) is a spin out company of the University of Dundee. It was founded in 2004, to commercialise the results of research projects and expertise developed by the Construction Management Research Unit (CMRU). WLC Ltd conducts first class contract research, solving problems others cannot solve. Drawing on cutting edge research we offer consultancy only in niche markets where we have specialist and highly developed expertise. We disseminate our research and the tools we have developed through a variety of knowledge transfer mechanisms including training and the provision of pragmatic guidance to practitioners on a wide range of subjects. WLC Ltd’s core activities are contract research and consultancy in the field of construction, including: Whole life costing, risk based asset management, sustainability assessment, Labour forecasting and productivity improvement
The consultancy funding we have received from ETP has led to the development of the functional specification for an Integrated Sustainability Benchmarking Tool (ISBT).    WLC Ltd have received useful support from our academic partner (Glasgow Caledonian University).  We benefited from access to the skills and expertise of the academic and research staff within the School of Engineering and Built Environment.  The assistance we have received from ETP has led to the development of the functional specification for an Integrated Sustainability Benchmarking Tool (ISBT).  The support has also informed WLC Ltd of the challenges that need to be overcome in order to develop a fully commercial ISBT. The concept of ISBT will allow the user to assess sustainability performance of buildings in a simpler and holistic way and provide more cost effective ways of assessing and benchmarking the sustainability performance of buildings.  It will also provide the means of efficiently analysing sustainability performance in order to find the best whole life sustainable design solution of a building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to find out more about what ETP can do for companies in the Energy Utilisation field contact energyutilisation@etp-scotland.ac.uk

Scottish Energy Laboratory - Energy Utilisation in Buildings facilities

In partnership with ETP, energy sector test facilities have been brought together under the Scottish Energy Laboratory (SEL) umbrella. Facilities of particular relevance to building and construction include:
 

  • BRE Building Innovation Park, Ravenscraig
  • The Energy Technology Centre in East Kilbride
  • Large Scale Component Testing for Wind, Marine, Oil & Gas Structures - Doosan babcock

For more details visit www.scottishenergylaboratory.com

Funding

Scottish Enterprise - Water Source Heat Pumps Challenge Fund

If you've got proposals for a water source heat pump project in Scotland the challenge fund could offer support of up to £2 million.

Water source heat pump projects have the potential to make a big contribution to the Scottish Government's commitment to decarbonising Scotland's energy system by 2050.

The Water Source Heat Pumps Challenge Fund has been set up to:

Accelerate the delivery of large scale water source heat pump projects supporting district heating schemes in Scotland thought the provision of renewable heat

Help develop proposals for the utilisation of the heat in Scotland’s rivers, lochs (sea and freshwater) and canals, delivering significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and/or energy consumption, which are sustainable on a long term basis, commercially and environmentally

Support the development of viable water source heat pump schemes which will have a positive social and economic impact on Scotland and the local community.

“The challenge fund can offer support of up to £75,000 to assist with the development of an investment grade business proposal.

Up to £2 million, where that is 50% or less of the total cost of the project, of financial support is also available to support a commercially viable demonstration project.”

The funding call is now closed however, there is still still help available to develop innovative products and services with a variety of support and funding.

Find out more at Water Source Heat Pumps Challenge Fund