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TEDDINET Newsletter 11 (Sept. 2016)
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“We hope you’ve all enjoyed a good summer and that those of you in academia are surviving the start of semester! Again we’ve got a range of activities and news to share with you in this Newsletter, as well as plans for between now and the end of the year. We are very pleased to announce an upcoming BEIS-TEDDINET exploratory workshop on 'Domestic smart energy meters, data-driven innovation and the public interest'. We link to outputs from the First ever Energy-Feedback Symposium “Feedback in energy demand reduction: Examining evidence and exploring opportunities”, which took place in Edinburgh just after the last TEDDINET Newsletter was published at the end of June. We provide details of the last DM4T-TEDDINET workshop on data formats and tools, and a current request from the project for datasets from which to build proof-of-concept demonstrators. We are pleased to share the latest in our ‘Views from the Inside’, this time featuring Sara Kassam, Head of Sustainability Development at CIBSE.
 
In ‘Other News’ we feature the ‘BEHAVE 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency’ which took place a little earlier this month in the beautiful city of Coimbra in Portugal, and highlight the great TEDDINET projects which featured throughout the two days. We highlight a new research project linking indoor environmental quality and staff productivity in office buildings led by Professor Rajat Gupta of Oxford Brookes University. We also draw attention to a number of events and activities which we believe will be of particular interest to TEDDINET members.
 
We do hope you enjoy reading the Newsletter and please do get in touch with any feedback or comments.”
 
Dan van der Horst (TEDDINET PI, University of Edinburgh) & Steven Firth (TEDDINET PI, Loughborough University)
CONTENTS
1. TEDDINET NEWS
(a) BEIS-TEDDINET Exploratory Workshop
(b) First Ever Energy Feedback Symposium
(c) DM4T-TEDDINET
(d) View from the Inside: Sara Kassam CIBSE

2. OTHER NEWS
(a) BEHAVE conference
(b) New Oxford Brookes project
(c) EPSRC/ARCC workshop
(d) EAS Annual Conference
(e) BPE project recognition
(f) BEIS consultation on Smart Energy Code

3. EXTERNAL NEWS
a) Publications & reports
b) Conferences (incl. CFPs) & events
c) Positions, Funding & Opportunities
d) News, Debate & Resources

Get in touch

1. TEDDINET NEWS

(a) BEIS-TEDDINET Exploratory Workshop ‘'Domestic smart energy meters, data-driven innovation and the public interest', November 2016, London


We are pleased to announce an up-coming BEIS-TEDDINET event which will draw on the expertise of a selected group of participants from incubator bodies and companies working in this area, building and energy researchers from academia and industry, and social science researchers looking at domestic energy use and behaviour.
 
The national roll-out of smart energy metering, scheduled for completion by 2020, will transform the availability of data on residential energy consumption. We anticipate that this data availability will drive a range of innovations, and are working to facilitate this especially for the delivery of public interest benefits. One area of potential application which is receiving increasing interest is the use of half-hourly electricity and gas data, combined with locational external temperature data and internal temperature monitoring (plus, potentially, other data such as humidity and/or CO2), to automate measurement of the actual thermal performance of buildings.

Through the exploratory workshop we hope to create an improved shared understanding of possible technical/analytical solutions, trade-offs between costs and accuracy, and possible mass-market applications associated with this data. The workshop will also inform a potential innovation competition by BEIS to accelerate solutions for practical deployment.
 
To express an interest in attending the workshop, and to highlight your relevant expertise, please consult the guidelines BEIS-TEDDINET Exploratory workshop_Call for interest (pdf, 422 KB)

(b) First ever Energy-Feedback Symposium “Feedback in energy demand reduction: Examining evidence and exploring opportunities” (Edinburgh, 4-5 July 2016) OUTPUTS AVAILABLE


At the start of July 2016, around 100 researchers, practitioners and policy-makers met in Edinburgh to share learning and perspectives on the role, efficacy and future of feedback in energy demand reduction.
 
We were delighted to be joined by Keynote Speakers Sarah Darby (University of Oxford), Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez (Navigant) and Tom Hargreaves (University of East Anglia). As ever, we were squeezed to fit in all of the excellent contributions from presenters from across Europe and North America, but a permanent record of these is available in the form of our Symposium Booklet (see below for details). Presentation sessions included ‘Delivering Feedback’, ‘Advanced Feedback: Disaggregation & Visuals’, ‘Learning Lessons & Limits’, ‘Beyond Domesticity: Feedback Outside of the Home’, ‘Linking to Theories & Disciplines’, ‘Communities & Collectives’, ‘Gamification of feedback’, and ‘Insights from Industry & Policy’. Presentations can be accessed on the TEDDINET website. The finale to the event was an interactive session entitled ‘Finding A Way Forward: Research in the “Real World”’ led by David Shipworth (UCL). Panel discussants included Andrew Charlesworth of BEIS and Simon Anderson of Green Energy Options, alongside the Keynote Speakers.



Convenors of the Symposium; Kathryn Buchanan (University of Essex) and Sam Staddon (University of Edinburgh), are now Guest Editors for a Special Issue on energy feedback in the journal Building Research & Information which brings together a range of papers and perspectives initially shared at the Symposium. The Special Issue is due to be published in the summer of 2017.
 
We thank everyone who attended the event for their enthusiasm and energy! It seemed to be a real success and we were pleased to receive the following sort of feedback:
 
Thank you so much for organising and running this fantastic seminar! You brought together all research areas which helped to form an integrated and holistic picture of the topic. Very well done in terms of topics, speakers and all practicalities!



Full details and outputs of the Symposium are available on the TEDDINET website (http://teddinet.org/activities/energy-feedback-symposium/) including:
  • Symposium Booklet containing extended abstracts of all presentations
  • Speaker Presentations
  • “What is the most pressing question in energy feedback” Participant responses to this question crowd-sourced during the Symposium
  • Invited Blogs by Alexa Spence (University of Nottingham) and Jack Kelly (Imperial College London)

(c) DM4T-TEDDINET workshop on data formats and tools AND request for example datasets from which to build proof-of-concept demonstrators, Julian Padget, University of Bath


DM4T-TEDDINET workshop on data formats and tools (14/15 June 2016)
The aim of this, the second workshop, was to bring together people working on creating open data and representatives of TEDDINET projects to exchange views and practice on how to store, query and publish data during and following the project research phase.
 
Jo Barratt described Open Knowledge International (http://www.oki.com), which is developing a tool-chain for "frictionless" data, regardless of original format using open formats to enable long-term access because "the best use for your data is the one you have not thought of".  The OKI perspective was complemented by the TEDDINET and other EPSRC project reports, that made clear not only the variety of formats (relational, CSV, hierarchical data format) and tools (the R statistics package and Matlab), being used, but also the potential post-project problems in providing continued access to the data.  Matt Colmer echoed this last issue, identifying the key challenge for Digital Catapult/InnovateUK's Building Data Exchange as how to describe, associate and integrate data, while not hosting the data itself, but rather a collection of data endpoint and metadata references.  The last point underlined the importance of Alex Ball's talk about metadata authoring, but also the challenge facing projects in finding suitable ontologies (rather than making their own) and comfortable tools for the STEM community.
 
Key points for me were:
1. Not knowing what ontologies and tools are even available, let alone being able to choose between them, with inertia stemming from not wanting to make the "wrong" choice.
2. Optimism that tool-chains such as that being developed by OKI could offer some help in making the first step from private to query-able publication of data.
3. The usefulness of knowing that a range of formats and tools are in effective use across a variety of projects, and that inter-operation is not a significant problem.
4. Hearing how the data preservation community is addressing and solving some of the problems that STEM researchers are starting to be aware of and that we need to talk more!
5. We need more TEDDINET projects to participate in the preparation for long-term data publication.
 
The list of talks and the slides from the workshop are available on the project website http://www.cs.bath.ac.uk/dm4t/w2.shtml
 
The Data Management for TEDDINET (DM4T) project needs example datasets from which to build proof-of-concept demonstrators!
 
The one line summary is simple: ‘The Data Management for TEDDINET (DM4T) project needs example datasets from which to build proof-of-concept demonstrators’. The practice may be less so since we appreciate that actually preparing project data for publication can involve a lot of work.  In truth, we'd be happy with less than clean data (although we do only want anonymized data) that would provide us with examples to work with in the short term, as well as giving us the opportunity to exercise the tools on data that is not pristine. 
 
If you might be able to help DM4T by giving us (early) access to your project's data, please get in touch with Julian Padget (j.a.padget@bath.ac.uk) to discuss timing and practicalities.
 
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For more details of the DM4T project see http://www.cs.bath.ac.uk/dm4t/index.shtml

(d) View from the Inside: Sara Kassam, CIBSE


As academics we often refer to those ‘on the inside’ i.e. those working in industry, policy or the third sector who are practically engaged with and implementing those things we research. In our regular feature ‘Views from the Inside’ we interview these people to capture some of their views, challenges and realities. We do so in order to better appreciate how academics can contribute more effectively to their work.
 
We are very pleased to bring you the latest ‘View from the Inside’ featuring Sara Kassam, Head of Sustainability Development at CIBSE (Chartered Institute for Building Services Engineers). Sara shares her views on what is needed to drive forwards an agenda of sustainability, drawing also on her experience working for Local Authorities.
 
Innovation is excellent, but we need to get the basics right first
We should be focusing on building performance and seeing people as people – that may be those you collaborate with or project team members or building occupants – its about seeing them as regular people rather than as adversaries
 
Sara’s ‘View from the Inside’ can be accessed here View from the Inside: Sara Kassam, CIBSE (pdf, 445kb). Others in the series can be found on the TEDDINET website https://teddinet.org/resources-2/view-from-the-inside/

2. OTHER NEWS

(a) ‘BEHAVE 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency’, 8-9 September 2016, Coimbra, Portugal


The 4th BEHAVE conference took place a little earlier in the month in the beautiful city of Coimbra in central Portugal. It bought together around 200 academics, as well as those in industry and policy, from across Europe for 2 days of presentations, networking and discussion.

 
(Images care of BEHAVE)

There was a great show from the TEDDINET projects WICKED, ENHANCE, IDEAL, DANCER and DEFACTO and links are provided below to their full conference papers. Researchers from these projects also Chaired sessions during the conference and were part of its Scientific Programme Committee.
 
WICKED Richard Bull (De Montfort University) & Kathryn Janda (University of Oxford)
The WICKED and Wild Challenges of Fostering Energy Efficiency Engagement in Private and Public Organisations (pdf, 75kb)
Susan Bright (University of Oxford)
(Green) Leases as Tools to Overcome Barriers to Energy Upgrades in Commercial Properties (pdf, 32kb)
 
ENHANCE Lynda Webb, Evan Morgan & Kate Carter (University of Edinburgh)
A Living Lab Co-Creational Approach to Energy Demand Reduction in Non-Domestic Buildings: Understanding the Organisation (pdf, 94kb)
 
IDEAL Martin Pullinger, Nigel Goddard & Janette Webb (University of Edinburgh)
An Experimental Research Design for Evaluating Energy Feedback (pdf, 278kb)
 
DANCER Kathryn Buchanan & Riccardo Russo (University of Essex)
Is It Mine and Can I Play With it? Exploring Data Ownership & Interactivity in the Delivery of Eco-Feedback (pdf, 12kb)
 
DEFACTO Becky Mallaband, Victoria Haines, Ashley Morton (Loughborough University)
Do Intelligent Heating Controls Out-Smart Ordinary Users? (pdf, 107kb)
Ashley Morton, Victoria Haines & David Allison (Loughborough University)
How Do Households Interact With Their Heating Controls? (pdf, 774kb)
 
TEDDINET Sam Staddon (University of Edinburgh)
The Personal and Professional in Researching End-Use Energy Efficiency (pdf, 66kb)



For further details see the conference website http://www.uc.pt/en/org/inescc/org_scientific_events/behave2016

(b) New research project linking indoor environmental quality and staff productivity in office buildings, Rajat Gupta, Oxford Brookes University


In office buildings, the salary cost of staff can exceed energy and maintenance costs and the capital cost of the building, by 40 and 200 times respectively over the life of the building. This means that even a small improvement in worker productivity can deliver a major saving. This is reaffirmed by a recent report by the Green Building Council’s on Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices, which highlights a lack of consideration for indoor environmental quality in building design and operation, despite evidence of productivity improvements between 8-11% as a result of improved air quality alone.
A new research project (Whole life performance plus: WLP+) led by Prof Rajat Gupta of the Low Carbon Building Group of Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, UK) is addressing this challenge by investigating empirically the link between improving indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and increasing staff productivity. Funded by EPSRC, this two-year project (2016-2018) seeks to deliver a proven methodology for defining and measuring staff productivity, a statistically proven model of IEQ for improving productivity, and a control system for optimising IEQ in offices in real time.
 
The WLP+ model aims to create work environments that increase productivity by 10% while reducing energy use by 30%. This co-benefit maximises the whole life performance of buildings, supports wider business objectives, and at the same time improves the wellbeing and productivity of staff.
The project is run in collaboration with a building performance consultancy (LCMB), working in partnership with a major building occupier/owners (Kings College and clients of Emcor FM) and dissemination partners (British Council for Offices and Constructing Excellence).
 
For further information on the project, please contact Professor Rajat Gupta, Oxford Brookes University, rgupta@brookes.ac.uk

(c) EPSRC/ARCC network workshop: Adaptation and resilience in the built environment: informing future research council investments, 28 September, London


Earlier this week the ARCC network facilitated an EPSRC workshop which aimed to identify emerging challenges and priorities in the built environment research area with a view to informing future funding investments. The focus was on research related to buildings (domestic and non-domestic, urban, suburban and rural) and their interactions with occupants, the surrounding curtilage, form, supporting services and environment.

Discussions built on evidence submitted in the recent EPSRC Balancing Capability exercise and centred on the four interlinked Outcomes included in the EPSRC Delivery plan that underpin UK prosperity: Productivity, Connectedness, Resilience and Health. EPSRC currently funds 80 projects worth £43m in the Built Environment research area. To continue engagement activities within this theme, EPSRC was seeking discussion with and input from the broader research community and invited policy and practice stakeholders on developing the research portfolio. This included exploring links and integration with related research areas. Outputs from the event will contribute to the wider analysis being undertaken by EPSRC to ensure that they are as informed as possible when making future strategy and investment decisions.

We will be sure to bring you news from ARCC when outputs of the event are available, but in the meantime please consult the ARCC website http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/

(d) Energy Action Scotland (EAS) Annual Conference and Exhibition 2016 ‘Fuel Poverty Matters, 3-4 November 2016, Clydebank


Progress is being made in tackling the problem of cold, damp homes in Scotland. However, there is still much work to be done before everyone can afford to keep warm at home and nobody has to choose between heating and eating.
 
This conference takes place in November 2016, which is when no-one in Scotland should be living in fuel poverty according to the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001. However, since it has been acknowledged that the target will not be met, topics will cover what the fuel poor can expect next.
  • The potential shape of the new SEEP: Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme
  • Making the energy market work better for the consumer following the CMA review
  • Ensuring support for both rural and urban areas to address fuel poverty
  • Setting standards in energy efficiency across the housing sectors
  • How the fuel poor can benefit from the smart meter rollout across the GB
The current programme, booking information, and conference flyer can be found on the EAS website http://www.eas.org.uk/en/eas-annual-conference-and-exhibition-2016_50651/

(e) Building Performance Evaluation project at Oxford Brookes University shortlisted for prestigious RIBA research award


An energy-saving project involving researchers at Oxford Brookes University has been shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Awards for Research 2016.



Earlier this year, Professor Rajat Gupta and Dr Adorkor Bruce-Konuah from the Low Carbon Building Group of the School of Architecture and the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development produced a report, which monitored and evaluated the building’s energy use, environmental performance and experience of occupants of Bicester’s Town Council offices, Garth House, before and after it underwent a major energy-saving refurbishment. Working with Bicester Town Council who led the refurbishment project, architects Ridge and Partners LLP and sustainability charity Bioregional, the evaluation project found that despite the challenge of improving the energy performance of historic building, Garth house achieved impressive savings in energy bills and halved the building’s emissions of climate-changing carbon dioxide, while causing minimum disruption to occupants. 
 
Professor Rajat Gupta, Director of the Low Carbon Building Group and Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted in this year’s RIBA President’s Awards for Research, which celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment.
 
This year, a record-breaking 75 submissions were received from 14 countries around the world. The award winners will be announced on 6 December. More information about the awards can be found on the RIBA website.

Original story at: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/About-Brookes/News/Academics-shortlisted-for-prestigious-RIBA-research-award/

(f) BEIS Consultation on Smart Energy Code and License Amendments, Deadline: 17 October


We wanted to draw your attention to the following opportunity to contribute to the BEIS consultation on proposed legal drafting amendments to the Smart Energy Code, Gas and Electricity Supply License Conditions and DCC Licence to support smart metering. The consultation seeks any comments on proposed legal drafting on a number of topics, including:
  • Install and Leave
  • Maintenance of Smart Metering Systems
  • Simplification of change of supplier information flows
  • Testing required to implement changes to the SEC
  • Enduring Registration Data Provider Entry Process Testing
  • Changes to the Enduring Testing Approach Document (ETAD)
  • Provision of variant Communications Hubs for testing
  • Changes to Section N to support SMETS 1 Enrolment and Adoption by the DCC
  • Amendments to the Ofgem Significant Code Review process
  • Privacy requirements
  • Making certain transitional variations enduring
  • Changes to the Supply Licence Conditions, the DCC Licence and the SEC to accommodate multiple versions of Technical Specifications and multiple versions of DUIS
  • Minor miscellaneous changes
Deadline: 17 October, 5pm
Full details can be found on the government website https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-smart-energy-code-and-licence-amendments-september-2016

3. EXTERNAL NEWS

The TEDDINET website holds details of articles and reports; upcoming conferences and events; positions, funding and opportunities; and news, debate and resources. If you’re on the TEDDINET mailing list you will receive an update of all posts on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The most recent posts, as an example, are given below:
 
TEDDINET News & events; Update 69 (29/09/16)

a) Publications & reports

Call for Papers: Special Issue on ‘Energy and the Future’
CFPs: BEPAM Special Issue on ‘Emerging Issues in the Built Environment Sustainability Agenda’
Article: ‘Residential building energy demand and thermal comfort: Thermal dynamics of electrical appliances and their impact’
Article: ‘Non-parametric method for separating domestic hot water heating spikes and space heating’
Article: ‘Non-intrusive load disaggregation with adaptive estimations of devices main power effects and two-way interactions’
Article: ‘Mixed methods approach to determine occupants’ behaviour – Analysis of two case studies’
Article: ‘Bridging the gap between energy and comfort: Post-occupancy evaluation of two higher-education buildings in Sheffield’
Article: ‘Do energy efficiency measures really reduce household energy consumption? A difference-in-difference analysis’
Article: ‘Householders’ Mental Models of Domestic Energy Consumption: Using a Sort-And-Cluster Method to Identify Shared Concepts of Appliance Similarity’
Article: ‘Overheating in vulnerable and non-vulnerable households’
Energy Innovation Centre 2015/2016 ANNUAL REPORT
ETI report ‘Enabling efficient networks for low carbon futures’
Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) reports published

b) Conferences (incl. CFPs) & events


BEIS TEDDINET Exploratory workshop: Domestic smart energy meters, data-driven innovation and the public interest, November 2016
ADVANTAGE Smart Grid event, 28th October 2016, London
‘(Un)Plugging Data in Smart City-Regions’ Workshop 14th Nov., Brussels.
‘The heat is on – why and how we need to decarbonise heat’, 15th November 2016, London
1st International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science, 2-5 April 2017, Spain
Energy and Materials Conference, 5-7 April 2017, Lisbon
The 8th International Sustainability Transitions Conference, 18-21 June 2017, Gothenburg
eceee 2017 Summer Study – Call for papers now open
AAG Call for Smart City Papers (Abstracts due 10th October)

c) Positions, Funding & Opportunities

The Data Management for TEDDINET (DM4T) project needs example datasets from which to build proof-of-concept demonstrators
Research Associate in Domestic Energy Demand Profiles, Loughborough University
Research Associate in Community Heat and Power Networks Modelling, Loughborough University
Postdoctoral Research Fellow ‘Spaces of Climate and Energy Lab’, University of Bergen
Vacancy post-doctoral researcher ‘The experimental city’, Netherlands
SHAPE-ENERGY job opportunities, Anglia Ruskin University
Two-year doctoral student position in Design for sustainability at Aalto University, Helsinki
Fully funded PhD in Computing: Computing for Sustainability in the Living Laboratory’, Lancaster University (revised deadline 3 Oct.)
3 Year Industry-led Funded PhD ‘Towards more energy efficient thermal comfort in non-domestic buildings’, Lancaster University (deadline 9th October 2016)
Research Project Worker, CSE
National Energy Action (NEA) job opportunities

d) News, Debate & Resources

Consultation on Smart Energy Code and Licence Amendments – September 2016
Energy Consumption in the UK: Archive
New Energy Justice Mailing List

Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about TEDDINET, would like to become more involved, wish to contribute to future newsletters, or want to subscribe to our mailing list, then please contact sam.staddon@ed.ac.uk.
The TEDDINET PIs Dan van der Horst (University of Edinburgh) dan.vanderhorst@ed.ac.uk and Steven Firth (Loughborough University) s.k.firth@lboro.ac.uk, and Coordinator at Loughborough University Tom Kane at t.kane@lboro.ac.uk, would also love to hear from you!

 
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