One of the many projects arbnco is involved in is the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) at the University of Strathclyde. The focus of this particular project is to explore why the energy performance of many buildings is below design expectations. As a result, this gap leads to higher costs, higher consumption, unhappy clients, and therefore, energy efficiency investment apathy. Otherwise known as the energy performance gap.
Existing initiatives investigating energy performance gaps make use of dynamic integrated building performance simulation tools to analyse remedial actions and upgrades. Building simulation differs from compliance type models, such as Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM), currently used to support estate management. However, this capability of simulation models is often compromised by the lack of prior calibration to match prediction to current performance.
Additionally, the aim of the KTP is to perform automatic calibrations with the hope that the tool will lead to high quality building simulation models for posterior use in energy analysis and decision-making regarding the operation, maintenance and retrofitting of large estates.
Professor Joe Clarke, director of ESRU, stated: “This KTP will contribute towards closing the energy gap and understanding its causes. KTPs are an exceptional knowledge transfer mechanism, allowing academics to convey research outcomes to a business via a recent graduate. In this way the business can accelerate the transformation of research to new commercial products and solutions.”
Maureen Eisbrenner, Co-Founder of arbnco explained: “People’s health and wellbeing should be at the core of everything we do and we need to ensure buildings are not only energy efficient but a positive environment to work in. The KTP aims to highlight poor performing buildings and, more importantly, the reason behind poor performance.”
“The long-term plan is to develop a tool that can be used internationally. This means that funds with buildings in multiple countries can develop a consistent global policy on asset and energy management.”
Therefore, the next stage for arbnco is to integrate this new tool into its product suite globally and work towards closing the energy performance gap.
A new and exciting step!