Energy & Buildings Special Issue: Towards an energy efficient European housing stock: monitoring, mapping and modelling retrofitting processes

Energy and Buildings
Volume 132, Pages 1-154 (15 November 2016)

Towards an energy efficient European housing stock: monitoring, mapping and modelling retrofitting processes

Edited by Henk Visscher, Elena Dascalaki and Igor Sartori
For a full list of articles included in the Special Issue see here

Follow up to the 2016 EU NILM (Non-Intrusive Load Modelling) Workshop

Care of NILM…

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the European NILM Workshop last week. The event was a great success welcoming nearly 100 attendees from all over the world, with presentations from over 35 speakers, all discussing the subject of Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring. A special thanks goes to all of our speakers, and also our sponsors; EPRI, British Gas, smartB and Green Running, whom without their support this event would not be possible.

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Article: ‘Camera-based window-opening estimation in a naturally ventilated office’

L. Bourikas, E. Costanza, S. Gauthier, P. A. B. James, J. Kittley-Davies, C. Ornaghi, A. Rogers, E. Saadatian & Y. Huang (2016) Camera-based window-opening estimation in a naturally ventilated office  Building Research & Information, DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2016.1245951, Published online: 28 Oct 2016


Naturally ventilated offices enable users to control their environment through the opening of windows. Whilst this level of control is welcomed by users, it creates risk in terms of energy performance, especially during the heating season. In older office buildings, facilities managers usually obtain energy information at the building level. They are often unaware or unable to respond to non-ideal facade interaction by users often as a result of poor environmental control provision. In the summer months, this may mean poor use of free cooling opportunities, whereas in the winter space heating may be wasteful. This paper describes a low-cost, camera-based system to diagnose automatically the status of each window (open or closed) in a facade. The system is shown to achieve a window status prediction accuracy level of 90–97% across both winter and summer test periods in a case study building. A number of limitations are discussed including winter daylight hours, the impact of rain, and the use of fixed camera locations and how these may be addressed. Options to use this window-opening information to engage with office users are explored.

Article: ‘The Nature of Decision Making in the Practice of Dwelling: A Practice Theoretical Approach to Understanding Maintenance and Retrofitting of Homes in the Context of Climate Change’

Håkon Fyhn & Nina Baron (2016) The Nature of Decision Making in the Practice of Dwelling: A Practice Theoretical Approach to Understanding Maintenance and Retrofitting of Homes in the Context of Climate Change  Society and Natural Resources, Published online: 31 Oct 2016, DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2016.1239149


In order to make existing private housing more energy efficient, various policies aim at influencing decisions made by homeowners regarding renovation and retrofitting in Scandinavia. Presenting two case studies from Denmark and Norway, we take one step back and observe the whole process of keeping a home habitable. Inspired by theories of Tim Ingold and Elizabeth Shove, we suggest calling this process “the practice of dwelling.” Rather than focusing on decisions and acts pertaining to retrofitting alone, we observe how maintenance and retrofitting are parts of an ongoing practice of dwelling. The cases demonstrate how decisions can be understood as embedded in the practice of dwelling, and how a readiness for decisions regarding retrofitting is created, or not, in this practice. We suggest shifting focus from the outcome of decisions, to attention toward the process that leads to readiness for making the decision in the first place.

Conference on energy efficiency in Scotland – with ministerial keynote – Scotland Policy Conferences, 18th May 2017

Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar

Priorities for developing energy efficiency in Scotland


Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, The Scottish Government


Sam Illsley, Salix Finance; George McGhee, NetThings; Dave Pearson, Star Renewable Energy; Professor Karen Turner, Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde and Yoav Zingher, KiWi Power

Chaired by:

Mark Ruskell MSP, Spokesperson for Climate, Energy and Environment, Scottish Green Party

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Morning, Thursday, 18th May 2017

Central Edinburgh

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CFP Nordic Geographers Meeting – Stockholm – Smart for whom?

CFP – 7th Nordic Geographers Meeting , Stockholm 18-21 June 2017.

Smart for whom? An exploration of the social and environmental aspects of smart urbanism

Over the last decade, the smart city has emerged across the world as a model of urban development and regeneration, with considerable repercussions across environmental, social and economic spheres.  Much of the emphasis of smart cities is on economic development and innovation while very little is known about the impacts of ‘actually existing smart cities’ on societies, economies, and ecological systems. This session builds upon the main theme of the conference, inequality, to examine the distribution of the socio-economic and environmental burdens and benefits produced by smart city initiatives. Appropriate topics for the session include smart interventions as they relate to environmental impacts, community cohesion and empowerment, local economic development, policymaking and governance, and related issues.

Conveners: Federico Cugurullo (Trinity College Dublin) and Andrew Karvonen (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Potential contributors are invited to send abstracts to

European Energy Research Alliance Conference 2016: Coordinating energy research for a low carbon Europe, 24–25 November 2016, University of Birmingham

Care of UKERC…

For the first time since its establishment, the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is organising a scientific conference. This conference is the occasion for energy researchers from the public and private sectors, representing more than 175 research organisations active in all fields of research on low-carbon energy, to meet and discover each others’ challenges. The goal is to provide the opportunity for cross-fertilisation of ideas; to discuss topics of common interest; and to input into the objectives of the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan and EU policy priorities in energy research.

Full details here