My paper entitled 'Changing the Culture of Building Simulation with Emergent Modelling' was accepted for presentation at IBPSA Building Simulation 2017 in San Francisco, to be held 7-9th August.
Retrofit Open Day on 25th January was arranged to mark the completion of TCosy retrofit of two semi-detached properties
for Birmingham City Council. Presentations by Ron Beattie, Managing Director of Beattie Passive, and
Prof Ljubomir Jankovic of Birmingham City University, were followed by a site visit and a formal handover
to Birmingham City Council. See retrofit blog here.
The fourth cohort of MA Zero Carbon Architecture and Retrofit Design course started.
Prof Jankovic delivers a talk on 'Design for a step change towards zero carbon emissions in new and retrofitted buildings' at EU Design Days: Design for a Circular Economy.
Prof Jankovic and Dr Basurra publish two papers at IBPSA England BSO2016 conference. More details here.
Great lineup of speakers at our Zero Carbon Buildings Conference on 8-9th September. Thanks to all speakers for pushing the boundaries. Zero Carbon Lab Publishes four papers. Proceedings available online.
Prof Jankovic publishes a paper on analysis of performance of hemp-lime material in Sustainability Journal. Full text available here.
One of the outcomes of the Paris COP21 conference is that a global agreement on achieving zero emissions needs to happen
as 'soon as possible' and the need to have a 'net zero emissions' during the second half of the century is essential.
However, there is no global plan about how this will actually be done, and national policies, including that of the UK,
are still to be aligned with these challenging objectives.
In the absence of a global plan, our forthcoming meeting on Zero Carbon Buildings Today and in the Future will address the 'how'
question and thus it will make a small but important step towards a global change in the right direction.
If you would like to be a part of it, please consider participating.
Details can be found here.
Is the UK energy policy out of step with the rest of the world?
Considering that domestic policies do not appear to be in line with the commitments agreed at the COP21
climate change conference, is the UK energy policy out of step with the rest of the world?
In the past few months we have seen a U-turn in the Building Regulations, which will no longer
require all new houses to be zero carbon from this year. We have also seen a considerable reduction
in subsidies for renewable electricity, and other programmes either being scaled down or closed down.
The political debate has heated up as the former Energy Minister Ed Davey branded the current energy
policy 'a national disgrace' and said that in his view the government was in danger of breaching its
own Climate Change Act (see details here).
Putting the political debate aside, and focusing on improving our environment, we are organising the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition
on 'Zero Carbon Buildings Today and in the Future'. The conference will show that there is a
growing movement in designing zero carbon buildings and that we can do a lot more without waiting
for the currently absent legislation to force us to do it, because it makes economic sense as
well as environmental sense.
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts is 1st February 2016. Full Paper Submission is due
on 9th May 2016, by invitation subject to the outcome of abstract reviews. Conference and
exhibition dates are 8th and 9th September 2016. Full details, abstract submission and exhibition
application links can be found here.
Our 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on 'Zero Carbon Buildings Today and in the Future'
has been announced, to be held in Birmingham on 8th and 9th September 2016. Full details on http://www.zerocarbonbuildings.world.
Prof Jankovic signed a publishing contract with Taylor & Francis for a second edition of his book 'Designing Zero Carbon Buildings Using Dynamic Simulation Methods', to be published in 2017.
Prof Jankovic to give invited lecture on 'An emergence-based approach to Zero Carbon Design' at Manchester School of Architecture on 26th November.
Prof Jankovic to give invited talk on 'Zero carbon design and retrofit of buildings using Birmingham Zero
Carbon House as evidence base' at Innovate UK organised 'Front Meeting of Skills on NZEB and retrofit for building
managers and professionals' in London on 25th November. Click here for event details.
Zero Carbon Lab hosted two international placements of Climate KIC Pioneers into Practice.
The third cohort of MA Zero Carbon Architecture and Retrofit Design course started.
Zero Carbon Lab weather station goes into service
Our team at Zero Carbon Lab have installed a weather station on the roof of our University building and
made it fully operational on 28th August. The weather station provides continuous information on external
air temperature and relative humidity, horizontal solar radiation, wind velocity and direction, and rainfall.
The weather data are recorded in 15-minute intervals and will be used by students and staff for research into
building simulation, design and operation.
UK government's U-turn on zero carbon homes legislation.
Despite many years of planning for it,
the UK government has abandoned plans to make new homes zero carbon from 2016, attracting considerable criticism from industry
(see details here).
Although this is very disappointing for the change of culture the new legislation would have brought about,
and for industry and professionals who have been preparing for this legislation for a number of years,
we should not lose sight of the benefits from zero carbon buildings.
Zero carbon homes have no energy bills,
provide excellent thermal comfort conditions and have significant return on investment. Our research based on
instrumental monitoring of the Birmingham Zero Carbon House over the past four years shows predicted return on
investment of 193% over a period of 25 years, or 7.72% per annum. This is better than we would get from any bank.
We therefore don't need to wait for legislation to make our lives better, we can do it ourselves.
Our Masters course on Zero Carbon Architecture and Retrofit Design educates students to become champions of change
from carbon-intensive to carbon-neutral architecture and designers for the future world. The course still has a few
places for good candidates for the 23rd September start. Full details can be found
Building Simulation CPD at BCU Zero Carbon Lab
As building performance is becoming increasingly important for reducing energy bills and protecting the environment,
dynamic modeling and simulation of buildings is the only means of testing designs before construction.
This CPD course will provide architects and engineers with essential knowledge to remain competitive and ensure
the cutting edge performance of their designs. The course will involve hands-on computer lab teaching of building
simulation principles using IES Virtual Environment.
The course will run every Wednesday from 30th September till 16th December, 11.00-13.00. It will enable the students to
develop models for building performance simulation and to use these models for design decision making. The first half of the
course will focus on learning how to build and run simulation models, and the second half will focus on the steps for improving
existing buildings from energy wasteful to net zero carbon performance.
A four-week Climate KIC Pioneers into Practice placement on hydrogen fuel cell applications in buildings started at Zero Carbon Lab on 22nd June
Zero Carbon Lab led a consortium of 9 European partners to prepare and submit an EE-2015-3-MarketUptake Horizon 2020 proposal on 4th June.
Zero Carbon Lab was a member of a 29 strong pan-European consortium in a Horizon 2020 proposal on SCC-01-2015:
Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse projects, submitted on 5th May.
Dr Yi Zhang has joined Zero Carbon Lab as visiting researcher. Dr Zhang is the author of JEPlus
and JE+EA parametric simulation and optimisation tools, and will contribute to a greater integration of the optimisation methods
in the research at Zero Carbon Lab.
Two new researchers, Purvesh Bharadwaj and Michael Burnett, have joined Zero Carbon Lab to pursue their PhD research.
Professor Jankovic gave a lecture on 'Deep Simplicity of Zero' on 10th February, as part of a Pop-up Professorial lecture series at BCU Parkside.
A Horizon 2020 proposal for retrofitting apartment blocks into zero carbon buildings across Europe was submitted to European Commission on 4th February, in partnership with 17 international organisations. Zero Carbon Lab was designated as Scientific Coordinator of the project.
Three abstracts written by members of our research group have been accepted for IBPSA Building Simulation 2015 conference in Hyderabad - India in December 2015. Full papers are due on 15th April.
Zero Carbon Lab receives internal investment for capacity building from the Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media.
Excellent REF2014 (Research Excellence Framework 2014) results were announced on 18th December. Dr Lawrence Green,
Director of Research: Art and Design, at BCU's Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media, stated that our Unit of Assessment (UofA),
to which our Zero Carbon Lab belongs, 'can claim that more than 52% of our outputs are at international or world-leading standard,
our impact (at policy, socio-cultural and practitioner levels) is extremely high, and our 'environment'
(external research funding, PhD successes) is very strong'.
He added: 'This result places us within the top ten of new universities (in the UofA) and we were able to out-perform a
good number of red-brick institutions. We are now firmly established as one of the UK's leading research institutions
for Art and Design.' Find out more...
Book on Sustainable Retrofitting of Commercial Buildings - Cool Climates was launched at AHMM in London on 5th November. Claire Pollock of AHMM wrote: 'Starting with an introduction from Simon Allford (pictured), followed by a presentation from the book's editor Simon Burton - we also heard from two of the book's contributors Nigel Addy and Professor Bill Gething.' Thumbnails below link to images from the launch. The first two images are by AHMM.
Sustainable Retrofitting of Commercial Buildings - Cool Climates was published on 16th October. See Books...
New cohort started on the MA Zero Carbon Architecture and Retrofit Design on 24th September. See Teaching...
Open day at Birmingham Zero Carbon House (ZCH) on 13th September,
also attended by delegates of Zero Carbon Buildings Today and in the Future.
See also ZCH web site...
Conference on Zero Carbon Buildings Today and in the Future was held on 11th and 12th September. Book of conference proceedings was published. See Conferences...
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