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Wealth of data released on energy efficient buildings

Innovate UK has launched a new website sharing best practice and pitfalls in the construction and maintenance of energy efficient homes, offices, shops and public buildings.

Innovate UK has launched a new website sharing best practice and pitfalls in the construction and maintenance of energy efficient homes, offices, shops and public buildings.

The Building Data Exchange, created by Innovate UK’s Digital Catapult, allows designers, developers and constructors to take advantage of the wealth of information gathered over six years through the £8 million Buildings Performance Evaluation Programme, which analysed how well energy efficient buildings have performed in reality.

Challenges

The programme’s findings highlight that more needs to be done to ensure modern, energy efficient properties are meeting their targets on energy use and efficiency.

A report focusing on findings in the non-domestic sector concluded that many buildings have had difficulty merging new technologies, in particular building management systems. Many also had problems with maintenance, controls and metering on biomass boilers, solar panels and solar water heaters. 

Digital expertise

Simon Hart, programme leader for the built environment at Innovate UK, said: “Homes and offices are not performing as they should do. They are consuming up to ten times more energy than they should, and there are a multitude of factors behind that.

“The [Buildings Energy Performance Evaluation] programme has amassed so much data that it’s difficult for constructors to process it. There is an opportunity now for digital businesses to create smart home or property technology that could be adopted by the construction industry and help it to tackle these issues.”

There are opportunities to use the data in many fields, including smart homes, Internet of Things, wearable tech, buildings information management, retail, energy systems, renewables, sensors, materials and manufacturing. 

Global trends

Meanwhile, the latest World Green Building Trends report from the World Green Building Council suggests that the number of companies that have more than 60 per cent of their building projects certified under a recognised green standard is expected to double by 2018.

Terry Wills, chief executive of the World Green Building Council, said the report “offers further evidence on the strong business case for green building - the growth of which is now truly a global phenomenon.”