DECoRuM® is a GIS-based toolkit for carbon emission reduction planning with the capability to estimate current energy-related CO2 emissions from existing UK dwellings, aggregating them to a street, district, sub-urban, and city level. This enables DECoRuM® to evaluate the potential and financial costs for domestic CO2 emission reductions by deploying a whole range of best practice energy efficiency measures, low carbon systems and renewable energy technologies.
The DECoRuM® model is able to clearly point out and identify sources of domestic emissions, so that pollution hotspots can be targeted. It performs calculations of carbon emissions based on more readily available secondary data such as SAP ratings analyses of domestic properties.
DECoRuM® has an in-built cost-benefit analysis model. Furthermore it has a facility to employ robust filtering criteria to select suitable dwellings before predicting the effect of applying various low carbon measures.
The main target users for the DECoRuM® model include planners in local authorities, energy advisers in Energy Efficiency Advice Centres, building surveyors as well as real estate professionals.
OISD provides a professional research and consultancy service to help local authorities, energy advisers and the property industry to apply DECoRuM model in their cities in order to report, monitor and improve the energy efficiency of both public and private housing, as required by the Home Energy Conservation Act, Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and Home Condition Report.