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Encraft and Oxford Brookes University launch collaborative research on tackling overheating in new-build housing and extra-care homes

05 May 2017 9:34 am

Encraft and Oxford Brookes University launch collaborative research on tackling overheating in new-build housing and extra-care homes

Encraft and Low Carbon Building Group of Oxford Brookes University are starting an innovative Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) entitled OVERTAKE. The three year project, co-funded by Innovate UK and Encraft, seeks to develop novel tools and products for assessing and preventing the occurrence of summertime overheating in new-build housing and extra care homes built to high energy efficiency standards. This issue is of rapidly growing importance as the climate warms.

Professor Rajat Gupta from Oxford Brookes University is the academic lead on the KTP project, worth £220k, and Dr Sarah Price from Encraft is the company supervisor.

Dr Ella Quigley has been appointed as the KTP Associate. Ella has recently completed a PhD in Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University, which assessed the energy and thermal performance of steel modular residential buildings, with a key focus on overheating.  

Dr Sarah Price, Passivhaus Consultant and Encraft’s Acting Head of Building Physics, said, ‘This is an ideal opportunity to combine academic excellence with a commercially successful business. The programme will help develop Ella’s skills and, at the same time, increase our knowledge of overheating. We anticipate that the KTP project will help us develop software tools related to overheating, as well as other consultancy products.’

Professor Rajat Gupta, Director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development and Low Carbon Building Group of Oxford Brookes University, said, ‘This collaborative project strongly builds upon our research on building performance evaluation and overheating in care settings. The project will use empirical evidence, simulation and analysis to develop unique solutions for mitigating overheating risks in new housing. New datasets will be generated to inform future standards on overheating. ’

 

About Encraft

Encraft is an independent engineering consultancy firm, specialising in building physics, distributed energy projects and related web applications, with a wealth of experience using data to solve energy system challenges. Their work encompasses all aspects of smart and low carbon energy, for a client base ranging from individual householders to large organisations in both the public and private sectors. Their consultants are leaders in their fields and have been a driving force behind some of the most innovative projects of recent years.

 

About Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University (OBU) is a premier learning and teaching institution with an outstanding research record. The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at OBU is committed to finding sustainable solutions at all levels of the built environment. The Low Carbon Building (LCB) Group of OISD is a global leader in community carbon mapping, building monitoring and post-occupancy evaluation. The group has attracted £6m external research funding (since 2009) from EPSRC, ESRC, Innovate UK, including a £1.14 million ESRC/EPSRC funded 4-year project on low carbon communities (EVALOC). LCB’s EPSRC Suburban Neighbourhood Climate Change Adaptation (SNACC) project has influenced Government reports on overheating. LCB Group’s Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded research project on assessing overheating risk in care and extra-care homes was profiled in the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017.

 

About Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

This Partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. The KTP is funded by Innovate UK along with the other government funding organisations.

 

For further information, please contact:

James Laidler

Marketing Department, Encraft

Tel: +44 1926 331969

Email: james.laidler@encraft.co.uk

Twitter: @encraft_uk 

 

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