SPECIFIC Low Carbon Built Environment
The Low Carbon Built Environment (LCBE) Research Team at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), Cardiff University has secured £2.5 million to take forward affordable low carbon technologies in the built environment in Wales. This investment is part of a £26 million, EU-backed five year project which is part of an academic and industrial consortium: SPECIFIC ‘Buildings as Power Stations’. The Operation will run from 2015 until 2020; led by Swansea University in partnership with Cardiff University, BASF, NSG Pilkington, Tata Steel and a wide range of other business and academic partners.
The LCBE Research Team will build on knowledge gained first hand from the design and construction of the energy positive SOLCER House, five low carbon retrofits and the Sustainable Building Envelope Centre (SBEC) all funded under the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) programme. The energy systems designed and implemented will be fully modelled and monitored to provide evidence of the ability for buildings to act as power stations maximising the combination of renewable energy supply, energy storage and energy demand reduction.
The interdisciplinary LCBE Research Team have a wide ranging and complimentary skill set. The team is led by Prof Phil Jones and includes Dr Jo Patterson, Mr Huw Jenkins, Dr Simon Lannon, Dr Shan Shan Hou, Dr Xiaojun Li, Ms Ester Coma Bassas, Mr Emmanouil Perisoglou Mrs Kelly Butt and Ms Meriem Kayoueche-Reeve
SPECIFIC is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government, and also by InnovateUK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).