#59 Celebrating 10 years of SPECIFIC

The near completion of my doctorate coincides with SPECIFIC celebrating their 10th Anniversary! Celebrations began in April, with a review of the fundamental scientific research into novel energy generation and storage technologies, including the next generation of printable PV cells and inter-seasonal heat storage. In May, the support we have provided to businesses was reviewed.Continue reading “#59 Celebrating 10 years of SPECIFIC”

#58 Changing Energy: The Challenges and Solutions

This week I took part in a panel discussion for an event called Everything Change, which involved a series of online discussions, talks, and events looking at the role of creativity, adaptive thinking and storytelling in overcoming the challenges of the climate and ecological crises.  I was in the Changing Energy discussion, one of seven societal areas of change inspired by Wales’sContinue reading “#58 Changing Energy: The Challenges and Solutions”

#57 Research Project Reflections …….

Although challenging at times (as you’d expect!), I have found writing up my final thesis hugely rewarding and generally a good experience. My thesis is a culmination of the work I have undertaken during my 8 years at SPECIFIC, combined with my previous 10 years’ experience in architectural practice. It documents how I have usedContinue reading “#57 Research Project Reflections …….”

#56 Active Building Data Monitoring

Why Monitor Building Energy Performance? A critical element of an Active Building is the energy performance monitoring for true building performance evaluation (BPE). Data collected from the individual systems integral to the operation of the Active Building are used to monitor performance. This enables rapid fault detection and remediation; the development of predictive control strategies;Continue reading “#56 Active Building Data Monitoring”

#55 Implementing the Active Building Toolkit

Introduction In November 2020, the first version of my Active Building Toolkit was launched on the SPECIFIC website. The main reason I developed the toolkit was to share our experiences of designing, delivering and operating Active Buildings; highlight the key design considerations for an Active Building; and showcase some of the available and emerging technologiesContinue reading “#55 Implementing the Active Building Toolkit”

#54 Energy Flexibility for a Low Carbon Built Environment

It’s been a few weeks since my last blog post, as I’ve been busy collating my research data and starting to pull my final thesis together. It’s been a busy period for addressing the climate emergency too. This week the 6th Carbon Budget was published by the Climate Change Committee (CCC), setting out a netContinue reading “#54 Energy Flexibility for a Low Carbon Built Environment”

#53 Qualitative Research Data: How much is enough?

As I start to collate information for my final essay and a research paper, I have been revisiting my approach to determining an appropriate sample size for my research. This is particularly difficult to establish at the start of a research project when it is unknown (and hard to predict) how many participants are neededContinue reading “#53 Qualitative Research Data: How much is enough?”

#52 A Week of Action for Climate Change

This week should have seen the UK host the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26 (now due to be held next year in Glasgow).  Wales marked the week by hosting Wales Climate Week, with a programme of talks focused on some of the most urgent climate issues, such as energy resilience and protecting our natural resources;Continue reading “#52 A Week of Action for Climate Change”

#51 A Spotlight on Heat

According to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the heating of homes accounts for 13% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions – comparable to the emissions of all the diesel and petrol powered cars in the UK (Net Zero – Technical Report). In March 2019, the UK government announced plans to introduce a Future HomesContinue reading “#51 A Spotlight on Heat”

#50 The Active Building Story

For my 50th blog post, I thought I would look back at the story behind my research, which links to plans for a journal paper that I’ve been forming this week. To help frame the reason the Active Building concept was developed and why design guidance to enable the adoption of the concept, supporting aContinue reading “#50 The Active Building Story”