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.
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.