Reducing built environment CO2 emissions through simulation and real time monitoring in the education sector ©

Reducing built environment CO2 emissions through simulation and real time monitoring in the education sector ©

Stephen Hammond and Jamie Cambridge are embarking on an 18-month academic research programme (which commenced on 27/02/12) investigating energy usage & CO2 reduction across the Colchester Institute College campus we both currently work at. The College’s core business is 16 -19 year-old learners but also caters for higher education programmes.

To do this effectively an Automatic Meter Reading system has been installed at the college together with a series of heat meters to monitor actual energy use. Alongside this we are in the process of modelling certain campus buildings using Environmental BIM via IES software. The software will firstly allow us to model how the building(s) are actually being used taking into account human behavioural patterns. It will also allow us to model the building(s) optimum energy performance.

By monitoring & modelling the same buildings it is hoped that actual, but more importantly, realistic energy saving strategies can be formed.



Ultimately, the research findings will be used by the Facilities Management team to allow them to tailor their medium & long term building maintenance strategies accordingly and establish best-practice for educational facilities with a mixed-age asset stock.

For further details on this research please contact either Steve or Jamie on:
stephen.hammond@colchester.ac.uk / jamie.cambridge@colchester.ac.uk

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