Collaboration with partners in academia, the construction industry and with CSET at the University’s Ningbo Campus, underpins much of this group’s work. Progress is evidenced by a growth in funding from the Research Councils, TSB, EU (incl. Marie Curie), Royal Society, Carbon Trust, DECC, and industry. Group members have been involved since 2008 in projects with a total value of £11.45m, with a group income in excess of £6m. The group has also received numerous awards (for example Rushlight, UK Engineer Technology and Innovation), two new technology transfer licences and three new patents.
A highlight is the £2.5m Creative Energy Homes project - a key resource to study micro-smart grids, energy storage, demand-side management and occupants’ acceptance of innovative technologies. The Creative Energy Homes is yielding results that inform both national policy and high quality research outputs, recognised recently through the ICE’s Trevithick Prize.
Group members are involved in a number of significant events and have co-organised and hosted the UK Passivhaus Conference (2012) and the AECB National Conference (2011). The group also continues to organise the well-established International Sustainable Energy Technologies conference, now in its 12th year, and has representation in the coordination and on the board of directors of the Passive and Low Energy Architecture international conference, held since 1982.