The importance of improving the energy efficiency of buildings has been recognised as critical to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from building energy production to meet the UK government’s target on net-zero emissions. This PhD aims at developing a hybrid grey-box framework for residential building thermal consumption estimation based on properties’ geometric and thermal characteristics.
Building geometry is significant in many ways such as the urban building retrofit and building stock analysis. However, the current approaches to collect building geometry data is highly limited to on-site survey or pre-registered data. The project aims to develop a method which utilises computer vision technologies to characterise building geometry data at scale with a high automation level.
The Active Building Centre is researching and developing innovative tools and technologies that will ensure buildings of all scales contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions and a more sustainable built environment.
Automated Residential Retrofit Assessment Trial Preparation in Partnership with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
UK 2050 decarbonisation target requires rapid deployment of retrofit measures across over 20m existing homes. This project aims to establish and strengthen collaborations on residential retrofit activities with the Barnsley council achieved through a proof-of-concept deployment of Sheffield’s automated drive-by building assessment for the council’s social housing decarbonisation program.