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The first TEDDINet workshop

On the 5th and 6th of November REFIT attended the kick-off TEDDINET workshop. TEDDINET is a newly established, EPSRC funded network to support the work of the 22 individual (Build)TEDDI projects, ensuring that they achieve more than the sum of their parts and leave a strong legacy for industry, government and society at large. For more information on TEDDINET, […]

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REFIT paper accepted! – The CIB W78 2013 conference in Beijing, China

We are pleased to announce that a REFIT paper has recently been accepted at the CIB W78 2013 conference in Beijing, China. In this paper Dr Steven Firth et al focus on the potential of decision support systems for retrofit provision in domestic buildings, using monitoring technologies and performance-based analysis. The main question that rises […]

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REFIT-DEFACTO-LEEDR Workshop

Loughborough University currently participates in three major cross-disciplinary research projects in the area of domestic buildings, energy, occupants and technology, namely DEFACTO, REFIT and LEEDR. Each project features strong Loughborough involvement. In an effort to share information about these projects and knowledge with each other, a one-day workshop was organised by Victoria Haines, head of the User […]

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REFIT visits EcoBuild 2013

The EcoBuild 2013 exhibition in London was, once again, a very successful international event that attracted influential professionals in design and construction from around the world. With BRE, CIBSE and the Carbon Trust amongst the leading supporters, the exhibition hosted over 1,500 organisations covering a wide range of sustainable construction. The REFIT team was there […]

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Smart, social energy: Can software change our energy habits?

An interesting piece on Smart Energy as reported on the BBC, discussing work done at Southampton University. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20173641  

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Perspectives on the Green Deal and the Smart Meter roll-out

Last week I attended a Parliamentary meeting titled ‘Putting consumers in control? The Green Deal and Smart Meters’. Phil Bently, the Managing Director of British Gas and Audrey Gallacher, Director of Energy Policy at Consumer Focus presented their perspectives on these two key Government energy reduction initiatives. A number of MPs also attended the meeting […]

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Smart Energy Event – User and Interoperability are the key issues

On 9-11 October 2012, together with colleagues from Loughborough I have attended the exceptional event on smart energy in Amsterdam which includes the smart home, the smart metering and smart grid conferences and exhibitions. Over 6600 smart energy experts attended the event, showing that this is the industry leading meeting place for across the board […]

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Thinking Energy – A Smart Home technology trial from E.ON

Yesterday the Loughborough REFIT team attended a talk by Chris Utting, New Technology Consultant at E.ON, organised by the Energy Institute. http://www.energyinst.org/events/view/863 Chris described a UK trial by E.ON of it’s latest Smart Home technology product in a sample of 75 homes in Milton Keynes. This is part of E.ON’s ‘Thinking Energy’ project http://www.eon-uk.com/about/6478.aspx The technologies included Smart […]

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REFIT visits the Smart Home conference

The Loughborough research team attended the Smart Homes, Smart Metering and Smart grid conference in Amsterdam last week. As a UK based energy researcher my interest in this field is broad but I was particularly focused on the Smart Metering stream. In the UK smart gas and electricity meters will be rolled-out to all homes […]

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REFIT at the ACEEE

REFIT recently attended the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency  in Buildings conference. This event, organised by the Americal Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, is run ever two years at the Asilomar conference centre in Monterey, USA. See http://www.aceee.org/conferences/2012/ssb for full details of the conference. Of particular interest was panel 7 ‘Building Efficiency, Human Behavior, and […]

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