Low Carbon Building Group researchers win award for research on energy efficiency

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Low Carbon Building Group researchers win award for research on energy efficiency

Two Oxford Brookes researchers have secured the best paper award at the International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) Conference 2017.

The accolade was won by Professor Rajat Gupta and Matt Gregg from the Low Carbon Building (LCB) Group of the School of Architecture and Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development.

The award is from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) for the best technical paper and is titled Mapping socio-economic barriers to the implementation of energy efficiency policies in the UK building sector. It is based on the ongoing HERON project on forward-looking socio-economic research on energy efficiency in EU countries, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Key insights from the HERON project were presented by Professor Gupta last month at the international HERON conference on Delivering Effective Energy Efficiency Policies: Overcoming socio-economic barriers, held in Bocconi University, Milan.

The conference was attended by nearly 100 experts from policy-making, industry and academia. It also saw the launch of the HERON Decision Support Tool which enables policy-makers and researchers to account for barriers related to end users’ behaviours when modelling energy efficiency scenarios for buildings and transport sectors.

The second special edition of HERON project, Overcoming Energy Efficiency barriers in Buildings and Transport - 7 national cases, was also released at the conference.

In June this year, the LCB group organised a national HERON workshop at Oxford Brookes with industry and policy-makers, entitled Overcoming barriers for the take up of energy efficiency in the building and transport sectors in the UK. The workshop saw the UK launch of the project output: HERON Special Edition Volume 1: Energy efficiency barriers in buildings and transport: 8 national cases.

Further information on the LCB group research can be found on the Oxford Brookes website.