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Carbon mapping is a novel localised Geographical Information System (GIS) based approach to plan mass energy retrofits and provide targeted low carbon measures across cities. It uses the RIBA award-winning DECoRuM model to estimate current energy use and evaluate the potential of deploying a range of energy saving strategies (fabric improvements, heating system upgrades and solar measures) on a house-by-house level, and aggregated to an urban scale.
LEMUR project was designed to investigate how publicly available datasets on built environment, energy and society could be used to plan mass energy retrofit and to provide targeted low carbon measures across a city.
The DECoRuM mapping process was used to create carbon maps and identify the carbon reduction opportunities using retrofit measures for 374 households in Highfield, Bicester.
DECoRuM® is a novel GIS-based bottom-up model for counting, costing and reducing energy-related CO2 emissions from existing UK dwellings.The working of the model has been demonstrated by applying it to a case study in the city of Oxford.