Moving towards low carbon and climate-ready buildings

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BG.10, Buckley, Headington Campus


 Energy use in buildings accounts for about 50% of the UK's CO2 emissions and our building stock is also recognised to be inadequate in capacity to adapt to future climate change or even variation in the current climate. The construction industry is already working to make buildings more energy efficient, but expected changes in the climate over the next 100 years mean that we will need to achieve rapid and massive CO2 reductions, as well as adapt our existing and new buildings if they are to cope. This presentation reviews the need for buildings to become low energy, low carbon and climate ready, how this can be achieved through new-builds and refurbishments, and how the actual energy performance is verified and optimised through building performance evaluation and post-occupancy feedback. The presentation will draw heavily from our on-going research projects funded by ESRC, EPSRC, TSB and industry on climate change adaptation of suburban neighbourhoods, design for future climate, evaluating low carbon communities, carbon mapping and building performance evaluation.

Speaker: Rajat Gupta is Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change and Director of the multi-disciplinary Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) and Low Carbon Building Group at Oxford Brookes University. He is recipient of the inaugural 2006 RIBA President’s award for outstanding research related to DECoRuM carbon counting model. Rajat is engaged in teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities focussing on carbon counting and global common carbon metrics, building performance evaluation, and climate change adaptation of buildings. As Principal Investigator, he has won over £5 million in research grants from ESRC, EPSRC, TSB, World Bank, UNEP, RICS and British Council. Rajat has published 100 research based journal papers, book chapters, conference proceedings and research reports, including a recent strategic journal paper on the future direction of energy demand research. Rajat advises government at senior level and is on the boards of several key organisations and task groups (Zero Carbon Hub, BSI, UNEP). He is a Visiting Fellow in Arizona State University, USA, and a Faculty Associate in the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, University of Oxford.