Key features: Investment of up to £4m in collaborative R&D to stimulate innovation in the field of energy management for existing buildings.
Programme: Collaborative research and development
Award: Up to £4m
Opens: 14 Oct 2013, 00:00
Registration closes: 20 Nov 2013, 12:00
Closes: 27 Nov 2013, 12:00
Support phone number: 0300 321 4357
Future energy management for buildings
- the Smart Metering Implementation Programme will involve the replacement or upgrading of more than 53 million electricity and gas meters in the UK between 2015 and 2020 in domestic and other buildings; allowing users to receive additional energy management services via a ‘consumer access device'
- by 2018 minimum energy performance standards will drive investment by landlords in improving the energy rating of leased buildings
- financial incentives for electricity demand reduction, which the Department for Energy and Climate Change is planning to pilot in 2014, is expected to open up a market for smart electricity management for real-time response to peak loads
- the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme will by 2015 require larger firms to report on energy audits at least every four years
- building owners and tenants are starting to specify smart solutions for energy management that dovetail with data from building information modelling, Soft Landings and lifecycle facilities information management
- remote monitoring, diagnostics and control of appliances and systems within buildings is increasingly possible using internet-enabled devices and low-cost dense sensor networks
owners of commercial buildings can benefit if their building is seen to be a high-quality, low-energy/carbon building with low operational costs, making it commercially more attractive to tenants and more easily let.
The Design Option
- the user/product interface
- aesthetic qualities
- user acceptability, desirability and convenience
- how feedback is given to users.
- systems for identifying poor energy performance, diagnosing the reasons, visualising the analysis, proposing intelligent solutions and forecasting performance improvements
- energy management systems that can be more simply installed and commissioned in existing buildings, clusters of buildings or across a portfolio of buildings
- combining energy management systems with other smart capabilities valued by customers, such as measuring real-time energy use alongside space-use efficiency or productivity. Other suitable combinations might lead to energy management that accounts for resource efficiency and climate change resilience
- systems that facilitate new collaborations on energy management between multiple stakeholders, for instance, by integrating and resolving the differing requirements of landlord and tenant in a leased or multioccupancy building
- systems that overcome the uncertainty of achieving forecasted energy savings, for instance, through real-time monitoring and verification
- other innovations, driven by market needs, for energy management in existing buildings.
- rolling out and demonstrating existing knowledge or technologies
- technologies that improve the energy efficiency of individual systems in the building but are not involved in measuring or managing overall energy consumption
energy management solutions that can only be installed in new constructions or through major refurbishment works.
Funding allocation and project details
Looking for partners to work on your project?
- Competition helpline: 0300 321 4357
- Brokering workshop by Modern Built Environment KTN: 27 September 2013
- Competition opens for applications: 14 October 2013
- Briefing and consortium building event: 23 October 2013
- Queries webinar by Modern Built Environment KTN: 11 November 2013
- Registration deadline: 20 November 2013 noon
- Expressions of interest (EOI) deadline: 27 November 2013 noon
- Stage 2 opens (for invited applicants): 16 December 2013
- Deadline for invited applications: 23 January 2013 noon