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School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham Breakthrough with Ubisense Precise Real-Time Location Allowing Monitoring of Individual Carbon Footprints


Nottingham, Cambridge - December 3, 2008

The project is a showcase of innovative state-of-the-art energy efficient homes of the future. Six homes constructed on the University Park, Nottingham have been designed and constructed to various degrees of innovation and flexibility to allow the testing of different aspects of modern methods of construction (MMC) including layout and form, cladding materials, roof structures, foundations, glazing materials, thermal performance, building services systems, sustainable/ renewable energy technologies, lighting systems, acoustics and water supply. The project aims to stimulate sustainable design ideas and promote new ways of providing affordable, environmentally sustainable housing that are innovative in their design. Several companies including: Roger Bullivant Ltd, E.ON, BASF, and Tarmac have funded the project.

“We are trying to establish energy and occupancy use patterns for the family in the home. We want to accurately see the impact of our energy reduction interventions on their life. The Ubisense RTLS allows us to get this data to an accuracy that has never been done before - this will be the first POE study that should allow us to get the individual carbon footprints of the occupants - we’ll know who is doing what and using what as all energy and appliances are also monitored through the house BMS system.”
Says Dr Mark Gillot, Project Lead and Associate Professor in the School of Built Environment.

“This is a great example of leading researchers taking energy efficiency to the next level”, says Professor Andy Hopper, Chairman of Ubisense and Head of Computing at the University of Cambridge. “The potential for using precise location for not only monitoring energy consumption but also in optimising it’s usage is enormous, I commend Mark and his team”

About the School of Built Environment
The School of the Built Environment is a leading centre for research and teaching with excellent facilities and a wide range of research and taught programmes. The School of the Built Environment (SBE) comprises the four Institutes of Architecture, Building Technology, Urban Planning and Sustainable Energy Technology - set in its own green minicampus on the beautiful University Park Campus. Nottingham’s School of the Built Environment is one of the best known and longest established in the country, with a distinguished faculty and roster of alumni. The newer institutes, with a focus on sustainability, have rapidly established themselves as leading centres, and have already spun off a new centre in Ningbo, China, the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologie. The research undertaken is part of the CALEBRE Project funded by EPSRC/E.ON

Dr Mark Gillott
Associate Professor Co-Director of the Institute of Sustainable Energy Technology
School of the Built Environment
University of Nottingham

About Ubisense
Ubisense is the market leading vendor of precise RTLS (Real-time Location Systems) based on Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology. The company delivers complete solutions based on a highly scalable and reliable real-time location platform that is being deployed in mission critical applications around the world.

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