The research focused on the gap that exists between the output information from building performance simulation (BPS) tools and what is actually needed for building designers to undertake informed design decisions when designing energy-efficient low carbon buildings.
harmonAC addresses the practical issues arising from the need for regular inspections of air-conditioning systems of over 12kW cooling capacity as required by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
The Institute was set up in 2008 with a £5.1 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council For Wales (HEFCW), to unite and promote energy research in Wales, UK to help deliver a low carbon future.
The Retrofit 2050 project aims to deliver a step change in current knowledge and capacity for urban sustainability by illuminating challenging but realistic social and technical pathways for the systemic retrofitting of UK city-regions.
The aim of the SOLCER project is to implement combinations of existing and emerging low carbon technologies through a systems based approach in order to optimise the use of energy at the point of generation.
The Welsh School of Architecture has designed and built Wales’ first low cost ‘energy positive’ house. The Solcer House is capable of exporting more energy to the national electricity grid than it uses, in an attempt to meet tough new targets for zero carbon housing.
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.
The demand for domestic air conditioning is growing in Wales. Based on current climate change scenarios Wales is expected to experience a rise in average annual daily temperature of between 2°C and 4°C by 2080 (UKCIP).
The Centre for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment is a joint venture between the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the Welsh Assembly Government and the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff University.