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Prof David Jenkins
ETP Theme Champion for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Tom Bent
Energy Efficiency in Buildings Business Development Manager

Email: energyutilisation@etp-scotland.ac.uk

Telephone: 0131 451 4568

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Energy Utilisation in Buildings - Business Development Manager

Professor David Jenkins, ETP Theme Champion for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

David is Professor of Energy and Buildings, leading the Urban Energy Research Group (UERG) at Heriot-Watt’s Centre for Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. An active researcher at Heriot-Watt since 2005, David has over 100 publications in the field of energy in buildings and worked on a number of research projects such as “Tarbase”, “Low Carbon Futures (LCF)”, “Adaptation and Resilience In Energy Systems (ARIES)”, "Community-scale Energy Demand Reduction in India (CEDRI)", ReFlexOrkney, and the £20M Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI). David has carried out work, and provided advice, for Scottish and UK Government reports on low energy building policy, including the Scottish Government Fuel Poverty Forum and a DECC "Mystery Shopper" review of the Green Deal.

Tom Bent, Business Development, Energy Utilisation in Buildings

Tom Bent is a wholesale energy market expert, working as an independent consultant for a variety of clients including the ETP. Tom will work alongside Laura Finlay in the Energy Use in Buildings theme, providing business development support. Prior to becoming a consultant Tom worked as a trader and manager in the energy markets for 18 years, most recently as SSE’s Director of Trading and Operations. Tom is passionate about supporting the evolution of energy markets towards a more efficient and lower carbon future, and helping commercialise bright ideas. When not working, Tom loves cycling through Scotland’s wonderful countryside.

Energy Efficiency 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 Efficiency 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 Efficiency - Case Studies

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

Energy Efficiency in Buildings Facilities

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

Energy Efficiency in Buildings Theme Leadership Group

The Energy Efficiency in Buildings Theme Leadership Group has the following members with the following sub-themes:

  • Prof David Jenkins (Heriot-Watt University): Chair
  • Dr Fan Wang (Heriot-Watt University): Environmental Controls
  • Prof Hadi Larijani (Glasgow Caledonian University): Smart Buildings
  • Prof Rohinton Emmanuel (Glasgow Caledonian University): Post-occupancy evaluation & overheating
  • Dr Julio Bros-Williamson (University of Edinburgh): Historic buildings & future-proofing
  • Prof John Currie (Edinburgh Napier University): Retrofit, demonstration, & materials
  • Prof Lori McElroy (University of Strathclyde): Building Simulation
  • Antoine Reguis (PhD Student Edinburgh Napier University): Delivery of heat & cooling