Understanding Unregulated Energy (usage) in University Buildings

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Funding

  • Competition Funded Project (Students Worldwide)
This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Project description

Rising energy costs and stretching national and local targets make the prediction and understanding of energy use (and therefore carbon emissions) essential. The quantification of energy usage associated with the operation of building systems (ie HVAC ), "regulated energy", at design stage is fairly straight forward . By contrast, the current understanding of the consumption of unregulated energy, (for example by IT equipment and supplementary heating and lighting) is relatively poor and hence design stage estimates are unreliable. Some unregulated energy sources may also impact on the reliability of "regulated energy" calculations. Definitions of regulated and unregulated energy that are central to accurate design stage predictions are rarely considered or accurately measured when buildings are in use, leading to a lack of data and benchmarks

University buildings present particular challenges due to the diversity of room types, functions, variable occupancy and equipment usage in research /teaching laboratories. For this reason, recent industry attempts to increase the accuracy of predictions for unregulated energy consumption (such as CIBSE TM54) are of limited value. Current design guidance is dated and the understanding of the rationale behind it is poor.

The main objectives of this project are:
1) To develop a detailed understanding of unregulated energy usage in university buildings and room types, based upon extensive evaluation of data gathered in case study room types and buildings.
2) To clarify the key parameters that affect unregulated energy use such as room function/type, equipment types and density, occupation profiles and energy control techniques
3) To provide predictions of unregulated energy use in response to key parameters

This is an area where research is urgently needed for several reasons.

Person specification

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Essential

Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • Able to travel in UK and abroad on BBC business
  • An informed knowledge of and passion for the technologies involved in a media organisation
  • Capable of highly original work together with an enquiring mind with well-developed analytical and investigative skills
  • Ability to rapidly acquire new skills and to work with new technologies with little documentation or support
  • This project requires mathematical engagement and ability substantially greater than for a typical Computer Science PhD. Give evidence for appropriate competence, as relevant to the project description.
  • A track record in software and/or electronic engineering, Human-Computer Interaction and/or behavioural scientific research
  • Awareness of emerging trends and developments in relevant technology, gained through project work as part of a relevant degree, extra-curricular project work or employment experience
  • Good written and oral communication skills, able to promote ideas by logical argument and capable of presenting the results of a project in a clear and effective manner
  • Self-motivated, with the drive and initiative to carry out projects according to plan, and the ability to quickly adapt in a fast-changing environment
  • You must be capable of performing at a very high level.
  • You must have a self-driven interest in uncovering and solving unknown problems and be able to work hard and creatively without constant supervision.

Desirable

Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • Understanding of the needs of different kinds of BBC users and how to apply this to the development of user interfaces and new kinds of user experience
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to propose novel ideas involving the application of technology to media content production, and the ability to pitch these ideas convincingly to non-technical people
  • Sound resource management skills and be able to lead, motivate and direct support staff and contractors contributing to the project
  • You will possess determination (which is often more important than qualifications) although you'll need a good amount of both.
  • You will have good time management.

General

Applicants will be required to address the following.

  • Discuss your final year Undergraduate project work - and if appropriate your MSc project work.
  • How well does your previous study prepare you for undertaking Postgraduate Research?
  • Comment on your transcript/predicted degree marks, outlining both strong and weak points.
  • Why do you believe you are suitable for doing Postgraduate Research?
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