Optimising energy efficiency in buildings is often a management issue and not one of design.
Decision support tools, providing information with respect to a buildings energy consumption and methods for implementation and incentivisation of the solutions, benefiting all stakeholders involved are required.
UMBRELLA will address this issue through the development of a web-based decision-support application, which provides independent evaluation tools built around adaptable business models.
1. The interface will use guided navigation to ascertain key information from users (stakeholders; building location and type; new or retrofit build; owner objectives and preferences).
2. Business models, specific to the project and stakeholders, will be provided through the dynamic web portal, which will allow users to explore and optimise different business models and the relating implications and recommendations for interventions.
This can be applied to any building at any stage of design or use.
The UMBRELLA project will allow an increase in the market share of energy efficient solutions of 15% within 5 years, resulting in reductions of 3.096 Mtoe per year.
The UMBRELLA deliverables will be demonstrated in 4 regional flagship projects located in the UK, Italy, Spain and Poland.