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How to use CarbonBuzz

Through the Home Page anyone can view the CarbonBuzz sector-by-sector monitor and case studies published by CarbonBuzz users.

 

Step 1. Register
Please email info@carbonbuzz.org with your company details to register and obtain a login name and password. Once registered you can manage and benchmark your projects' energy use and CO2 emissions anonymously.

 

Step 2. Project details
Add project details to establish benchmark category.
Log key building features that affect the building's energy use.

 

Step 3. Energy details
Enter design data from engineering forecasts and actual data from Post Occupancy Evaluation/energy bills.

 

Step 4. Anonymous database
Compare performance against the database average and CIBSE's benchmarks and analyse differences.
Compare your projects' actual CO2 emissions with its design forecast.

 

Step 5. Published projects
Agree with clients to publish data through CarbonBuzz in order to gain RIBA Carbon Conscious Practice accreditation from 2010.

 

Step 6. CarbonBuzz outcomes
Anonymised and published data will inform future benchmarking, raise industry awareness and assist public research into current trends in building energy use.

 

Each participating practice is also provided with a secure login name and password. It is not possible to view other practices project data. Only the official auditors, appointed by CIBSE and RIBA, currently at University College London, The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies are able to access all project data to ensure consistency and make any required corrections.
Although CarbonBuzz values do not currently take location, occupancy, hours of operation or low carbon systems into account it is possible to enter this for each project. This data will be used to develop future search tools and enable research into a range of different questions.
How much savings do low carbon technologies deliver for schools? How big a factor is occupancy? These and other questions can be answered through the analysis of 'identity free' project data. Please see the site Terms and Conditions for further detail on ensuring user and project anonymity.

 

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