Low Carbon Futures

Last week the blog reported on an event Heriot-Watt co-hosted in Paris, that was partly funded using money form the universities’ Impact Acceleration Account. The university hosted an event earlier this year using this fund – Vicky Ingram, Researcher Development Coordinator explains –

The Urban Energy Research Group used the Impact Acceleration Account to hold an event to disseminate the research of the Low Carbon Futures project. Over three years, the team has researched building simulation, statistical modelling of climate information, overheating and cooling load analysis, combined with practitioner feedback on modes of communicating such analysis.


In September this year at Woburn House, London, the research team gave presentations to an audience of architects, academics, energy consultants, Local Authorities, charities, and national bodies. The presentations provided details the background of the LCF project, its’ main findings, and introduced the LCF tool, which provides a method for assessing the effect of the 2009 UK Climate Projections (UKCP09) on building modelling and design.


The attendees took part in a workshop, where they were asked to think about useful forms of output for demonstrating the risk of a building “failing” due to climate change, and how such output might provide guidance for action to be taken to prevent this.


The aim was to inform the professionals who would utilise the research findings and the output – generated by the LCF tool.  Using money from IAA allowed us to host the event in Central London providing us with an opportunity to directly engage with our core audience.


Feedback from the event suggested that a number of delegates were interested in working with the Urban Energy Research Group on future projects, and that the LCF tool was much sought after by the industry. 

For further details of IAA, please contact Dr. Ian Brotherston, i.d.brotherston@hw.ac.uk, ext. 3751.

Industry Day Speaker – Professor Phil Banfill

Professor Phil Banfill, Professor of Construction Materials at the School of the Built Environment at Heriot Watt University, will discuss ‘Homes fit for Zero: Dwellings in a zero carbon climate change future’ at Industry Day 2013. 

Prof. Phil Banfill


Phil Banfill is a materials scientist, with over 30 years experience of research and education in a university environment. He was appointed Professor of Construction Materials at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, in 1995 and has published two books and over 160 papers. Most of his research is concerned with materials and energy utilisation in buildings. He currently leads the Urban Energy Research Group which has interests in:-

  • Climate change, sustainability, CO2 reduction, life cycle assessment
  • Existing building stock – refurbishment, modelling, assessment
  • Historic, traditionally constructed, and “hard to treat” buildings
  • Low and zero carbon technologies, and system integration
  • Energy consumption and performance monitoring
  • Human factors – users, policymakers, investors, fuel poverty.

Prof. Banfill will speak during Parallel Session 3: ‘Energy Consumption & Usage in Homes of the Future’. 

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