There is a serious gap in our understanding of energy efficiency and building performance, and ‘traditional’ research isn’t plugging it. Time to call for reinforcements; so make way for the social scientists … coming soon to a research team near you!
“Why now?” asked Professor Bob Lowe, deputy director of University College London’s Energy Institute, in his opening address to the ‘Future challenges for energy and buildings research’ workshop hosted by the UCL Energy Institute on 11 September.
By anyone’s reckoning September is a good time for a rethink or a fresh start; better, really, than in gloomy January. Here we all are, at the beginning of an academic year, with students on the brink of exciting new endeavors, and with recently vacationed academics raring to go. Significantly, in the UK, we are also approaching the half-way point in the term of office for a government that pledged to be the “greenest ever” but which so far has little to show for its claims …
The research community realises that a top-to-toe change in approach is needed. To find out why the construction industry can help their academic colleagues ‘rethink research’, visit the NBS Sustainability hub to read the full article, which reports on the presentations at the workshop given by leading academics and research stakeholders.
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