CarbonBuzz is a free platform that collects anonymous building energy consumption data to highlight the performance gap between design figures and actual readings
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THE PERFORMANCE GAP
This diagram shows typical risks of underestimating the likely energy consumption of buildings. We label these risks collectively as 'unregulated' because mandatory compliance calculations do not account for occupant-related energy use. The site invites users to go beyond compliance and refine estimates to account for these when predicting energy use.
CarbonBuzz currently helps users assess likely appliance and IT use including special equipment for common building types. Your data will help define the scale of impact from other risk areas which are major factors in operational carbon emissions, usability and comfort.
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CarbonBuzz is funded jointly by the Technology Strategy Board and industry partners. We are grateful to the Steering Group for their vision, expertise and case studies towards the current development of the platform.
Sarah Cary - British Land: Post occupancy evaluations and energy in use has moved from experts to everyone. CarbonBuzz could provide the framework for this exercise.
Rory Walsh-Low Carbon Workplace Fund: CarbonBuzz provides a reliable platform to exchange information about predicted vs real energy use - the link between design and operational energy consumption is widely misunderstood.
Emma Bushell - Islington Council: As part of Islington Council's Green Performance Plan CarbonBuzz can help demonstrate achievements in minimising energy consumption.
Keith Snook - BRE: CarbonBuzz can make a useful contribution to policy by providing a repository of real energy use evidence for benchmarking.
Phil Jones - CIBSE Benchmarking Group: The incorporation of high resolution datasets makes CarbonBuzz a robust tool.
Alasdair Donn - Willmott Dixon: CarbonBuzz provides added value above DECs through collecting detailed information on individual buildings.
Ann Bodkin - Partnership for Schools: CarbonBuzz can help users understand the risks associated with unregulated energy use.
Simon Sturgis - Sturgis Associates: CarbonBuzz can provide data in response to users' evolving requirements; in the future this focus may move from design vs. actual to operational data vs. whole life.
Will Ray - Rockwool: CarbonBuzz provides a great opportunity to make data more accessible online and will support our work to bridge the performance gap between expectations and outcomes.