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 Moving towards a Dynamic Approach to addressing energy and Carbon management

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Approach to carbon management in urban environments

The aim is to develop a strong network of collaboration with other leading and key business in construction, design, and academic figures, on the development of innovative solutions to addressing the impact of material and operational energy on buildings.

  • Energy and carbon impact on retrofitting projects
  • Carbon assessment of infrastructure project
  • BIM carbon integration and assessment
  • Virtual reality modelling
  • Global Warming potential
  • Assessment for new residential and commercial developments

long term vision of zero  embodied operational and carbon cities through BIM and digital twins

Embodied energy and carbon impact of materials could be analysed using a bespoke tool for construction or project type or location. This prototype approach was developed with the financial assistance from CDBB (Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain).  https://www.cdbb.cam.ac.uk/subject/ecr

The team intends to develop a parametric early design approach to mitigation of impacts where the greatest benefits can be realised.

Systematic approach to carbon analysis

Results from the work, and the tool developed have indicated that embodied energy can be much more significant in the first few phases of the buildings life cycle, and material selection can be addressed within a parametric model at the design stage.

In addition the funding allowed  for a unique  multidisciplinary research approach for technologies such as BIM and virtual reality can be used to communicate the message of addressing the overall aims of CDBB  in enhancing the performance of the built environment and the cities and communities it serves.

In view of that, this project developed scenarios for BIM enabled approach to predict total energy consumption of commercial and residential buildings in the UK.  The long term vision is to enable the generation of real-time energy data, both embodied energy from building components. Such data will allow more accurate prediction of impacts and material substitution by linking both operational and embodied energy in one tool.

Examples of the prototype and community engagement are shown below:

LCA for Energy and Carbon

Northumbria University STEM Pop Up Shop