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Managed by Oxford Brookes University in collaboration with Southampton University, Active Building Centre, Smartklub – Empowering Communities Ltd, and Energy System Catapult.
Principal Investigator: Dr Maurizio Sibilla, Oxford Brookes University
This project aims at developing a Tool Kit for knowledge integration to envisage buildings as components of future Distributed Renewable and Interactive Energy Systems (DRIs). The project is designed with the understanding that this is a high risk and high gain revolutionising plan for reconfiguring energy infrastructure by delivering a new generation of buildings. Our proposal deals with the ambitious objective of exploring and analysing DRIs’ emergent properties at local level, developing, testing and implementing the Tool Kit proposed.
The specific objective concerns the use of the Tool Kit in the organisation of a Technology Support Net (TSN) for Buildings-as-a-Service. TSN is composed of a multitude of actors, who often have different perspectives and scopes, but they are called to work collaboratively in order to establish work rules, requisite skills, work contents, standards and measures, culture and organisational patterns with regard to the emergent systems.
Buildings-as-a-Service is a completely new topic and thus, an appropriate TSN is needed urgently. This Tool Kit (ie Buildings-as-Energy-Services - BasES) will be a ground-breaking cognitive apparatus for involving stakeholders in knowledge transfer and integration processes. Thus, a new generation of Product-Service Systems will be promoted. The BasES is expected to configure a multi-stakeholder co-designed UK Roadmap on Socio-Technical Innovation in DRIs Transition.
MS is a Senior Research Fellow, Professional Architect with a PhD in Environmental Design (Sapienza University of Rome). In 2017, he arrived at OBU as a Marie Curie Fellow (2017-2019), promoting a ground-breaking methodology based on a combined use of Constructive Grounded Theory, Cognitive Mapping Technique and Meaningful Learning Activities to enhance interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity among the Built Environment disciplines. He has tested this approach in different contexts and European programmes (e.g. EH-cmap, 2014-2016, Net Learning, 2015-2017, Resplan, 2015-2017; Enplan, 2015-2018; CmapER, 2017-2019) (Sibilla, 2017a). His research is focused on the socio-technical co-evolution of renewable energy infrastructure and settlements (Sibilla, 2017b; Sibilla and Kurul, 2018). A work on how to organise a DRIs at local level was published recently (Sibilla and Kurul 2019).
EK is a Reader. She has a PhD in Environmental Studies (2003- UCL, UK), a MA in Conservation Studies (Building) (1997- University of York, UK); a BArch, Middle East Technical University (1993- Turkey), and a PG Cert: Teaching in Higher Education (2006-OBU, UK). Her research focuses on real-life problems in the built environment. It is interdisciplinary and is undertaken in collaboration with industrial partners when appropriate.
GB is a Senior Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment. He received a DPhil in Environmental Engineering at the University of Oxford. His current interests are in automation in the construction process and on the impact of climate change on the built environment.
University of Southampton (US)
MM received his PhD in 2010 from Politecnico di Milano, with research on the integration of urban scale policies and technologies for high efficiency multi-energy systems. His research interest focuses on analytics and predictive models for building and urban energy management, design optimization, model verification, validation and calibration under uncertainty. His research aims to establish a convergence between scientific disciplinary knowledge in building physics, building services engineering, energy efficiency and recent advances in machine learning and operation research, through an integrated use of simulation, optimization, statistics and data mining techniques (Manfren, 2017; Manfren et al., 2013, 2011).
Director of Research and Innovation - Active Building Centre (ABC) & Associate Professor - Innovation and Engagement, Swansea University, ABC
A National Centre of Excellence working collaboratively with nine other Universities and a range of industrial partners. It is a convening point for government, industry and academia to help transform the energy and construction sectors through the adoption of Active Buildings.
In addition as advisory members together with AK:
An expert in new business models required to make local energy a reality. His 10 years energy innovation experience was used to marry system thinking with local energy to build resilient smart communities.
An experienced Energy Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the construction and energy efficiency industry. Skilled in Engineering, Business Development and Project Management. Strong operations professional with a MSc Environmental Technology focused on Energy Policy from Imperial College London.
Our approach is based on the combination of the following methods:
The combination proposed is useful in elaborating new interdisciplinary interconnections, which are essential in order to organise a TSN.
The Developing a Tool Kit for Knowledge Integration: Envisioning Buildings as Energy service is supported by The Transforming Construction Network Plus (N+) which is funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The N+ unites construction’s academic and industrial communities to create a new research and knowledge base, dedicated to addressing the systemic problems holding back the sector. The N+ is a joint project between UCL, Imperial College London and WMG, University of Warwick.