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DECoRuM® is a novel GIS-based bottom-up model for counting, costing and reducing energy-related CO2 emissions from existing UK dwellings. DECoRuM® estimates current energy-related CO2 emissions from existing UK dwellings and aggregates them to a street, district, neighbourhood, and city level enabling the evaluation of the potential and financial costs for domestic CO22 emission reductions by through energy efficiency measures, low carbon systems and renewable energy technologies on an urban scale.
DECoRuM® uses a locally-relevant approach and well-established methodologies to ensure credibility for carbon emission reduction planning cities. The working of the model has been demonstrated by applying it to a case study in the city of Oxford, and the results validated by comparing with local and case-study specific databases.
The process of a creating a DECoRuM ® map follows the structured order shown below:
The application of DECoRuM® in a case study in Oxford shows that reductions in CO2 emissions above 60% are possible at a cost of £6-£77 a tonne of CO2 saved, depending upon the package of measures used, and the scenario of capital cost employed (low cost or high cost).
DECoRuM® has a number of unique features which bring distinct advantages, as listed below:
Funder: Finance Southeast, SEEDA Project value/income to OBU: £38,363 Project Partner: Oxford City Council