eViz - Energy Visualisation for Carbon Reduction

Lead Research Organisation: University of Plymouth
Department Name: Sch of Psychology

Abstract

eViz uses innovative digital techniques to transform energy decisions and behaviour. People's behaviour can cause energy use to be 30-40% higher than Building experts anticipate. Generally, people are keen on saving energy for financial as well as environmental motives. However, uncertainty remains about the exact benefits of installing energy-efficiency measures and changing household habits. Despite a long tradition of energy advice, energy efficiency measures remain pallid and unconvincing, removed from people's day-to-day experiences. There is a gap between abstract, invisible energy flows and people's desire to understand their energy use and become more energy efficient. We offer a solution that bridges this gap.

Our previous work has shown that visualising energy loss by means of thermal images led householders to install more energy-efficiency measures and reduced their energy bills when audited a year later, compared to a conventional energy audit (Goodhew et al., 2012). Building on this, the present research will take a major step forward by using novel digital data visualisation techniques to present intuitive, easily graspable representations of energy flows. Using our virtual reality and data visualisation expertise, we will produce sophisticated interactive 3D and 4D representations of energy flows. We will add and overlay scientific projections of future states to direct observations and employ a range of approaches including webcams, simulation, smartphones, and social media such as facebook.

Energy flows will be visualised as a function of house type (e.g., detached), any retrofits undertaken (e.g., loft insulation) and occupant behaviour (e.g., opening windows). Visualisations will be developed with users to evaluate their intuitiveness and motivational properties. We will include interactive tailored visualisations as well as generic "walk-throughs" for domestic and public buildings. The Energy Saving Trust and other partners have agreed to disseminate visualisations through their web-site and dedicated events. The best visualisations will be used in field trials with our UK and International partners to evaluate financial and carbon savings over time. Social media (e.g., facebook) will be exploited to engage a wider range of people with this information. We will evaluate which types of visualisations and data people are willing to share (and which attract most attention and debate in their social network) and examine how people use these to discuss and reduce energy use.

Our research programme will increase understanding of energy dynamics as a function of occupant behaviour and building characteristics. It will allow experts to make better predictions of energy efficiency and design buildings around human behaviour, and it will help occupants to change their habitual behaviour (e.g., open windows) to reduce energy use as well as motivate them to take up offers of energy-efficiency measures (e.g., loft insulation). All of these together will contribute to energy demand reduction and help people take charge of their energy use to future-proof their buildings in the face of rising energy cost and climate change.

UK newspaper headlines report two issues just as we are finalising the eViz research progamme. First, the UK's carbon emissions have increased for the first time since 2007, one reason being increased home heating in the winter of 2010 (Guardian, 8th February 2011). Second, average household energy bills have doubled in the past six years and are expected to rise by up to 60% more by 2020 (Independent, 10th February 2011). The present research is dedicated to helping people stay warm in the context of attaining the UK's carbon reduction targets.

Planned Impact

The eViz proposal responds to a BuildTEDDI call on energy demand reduction to help meet the UK's carbon reduction targets. We propose energy visualisation as an important pathway to enhancing people's understanding and decision making with regard to energy use. Beyond the academic beneficiaries, the present research will benefit the commercial sector, national and international policymakers, the public and third sector and the wider public.

The Commercial sector will benefit from a truly integrated project that intertwines the technology and people angle. Behaviour change is recently much referred to as an important tool for societal change yet many commercial organisations, especially on the technology and computing side lack the required expertise to integrate behaviour change approaches into their work. We work with three technical partners who have all expressed huge interest in understanding how to communicate better through their products and may be willing to integrate the approaches we will test into future commercial development. For example, novel methods of visualising and presenting energy data will help C3Resources and Schneider Electric to meet their client's energy efficiency needs.

National and international policy makers will benefit from the dissemination of our research (successes as well as stumbling blocks) and seek interchange and feedback at both levels. At the national level, we collaborate with local government who are aiming to raise energy awareness and reduce carbon emissions in their own buildings and staff but are also interested in exploring policy mechanisms that implement any voluntary change. At the international level, we are lucky in having Prof Stephen Sheppard on our Advisory Panel who has links to the government in British Columbia (BC), Canada. Pahl and Sheppard are already co-authoring a Pacific Institute for Climate Change (PICS) invited White Paper. With our well-established European and UK contacts this will add an important international dimension to impact.

The public and third sector will benefit from visualisation approaches to reducing their carbon emissions that have considerable commercial value, and from sharing the in-depth evaluation of our methods. One vehicle to sharing this experience is through our partner the Carbon Action Network (CAN). When we distributed a call for partners through them, we received overwhelming interest from local governments throughout the UK, and from Community-Interest-Companies that now manage former social housing. Many of these expressions of interest revolve around the problem of increasing energy prices and fuel poverty. While our tools do not directly target fuel poverty, they could easily be adopted in this specific context. We also received a reply from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and from several schools (see Letters of Support and Attachment 'Expressions of Interest').

The general public (and future generations) will benefit from the reduced carbon emissions expected as a consequence of behaviour change and better understanding of energy dynamics following our visualisations. In the nearer terms, people who we include in eViz will understand energy dynamics better which will empower them to take control of their energy use. We also approach energy use with sophisticated highly engaging tools (e.g., immersive, using apps). We have chosen this approach to engage people in a positive fashion with energy (and by extension, climate change) rather than focusing on scare scenarios, facts and 'telling off'. Beyond the participants in our studies, the general public will be reached through dedicated events run by our partners and through their communication channels.

Our best-practice guide will be available to all interested stakeholders free of cost via our dedicated eViz web-site. We have already been asked to write a piece in the Psychologist, the public- and policy facing professional journal for psychologists.

Publications

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Description This grant investigated methods of energy visualisation to communicate energy issues to end users and achieve behaviour change. We focused on a range of methods from visualisation of heat using thermal imaging to virtual reality technology. We found that thermal imaging is a powerful, intuitive way of communicating complex energy issues that leads to retrofit actions. Tailored thermal images are better at achieving this than are generic thermal images although the latter have some benefits in terms of memory processes, compared to text only. The Virtual Reality Flat prototype integrated real building and appliance data with innovative visualisation modules such as thermal imagery and heat flows. The VR tool allowed people to trial different behaviours and retrofit actions and receive immediate feedback. We developed a prototype of an energy portal that has the potential to be used interactively and allow users to draw up and share their own energy saving strategies. In addition, we analysed the role of behaviour in buildings, comparing the energy use of very similar buildings in terms of fabric. We also pilot tested alternative intuitive visualisations (e.g., lighthouse, natural scene) that could represent energy data via smart meter in-home displays, to replace the bar charts, kwH etc. typically used. Three factors were important for motivation to save energy: informativeness, fun and relevance. Finally we tested one intuitive visualisation (a tree that changed in response to comparative energy use) in a city council building housing social workers. We found qualitative evidence that the tree was easier to understand and more meaningful than was a bar chart representing energy use.
Exploitation Route Thermal imaging as a communication tool can be used by councils, governments as well as community groups. In fact we are now involved in a project collaborating with the University of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver who want to take our insights further and apply to thousands of homes in British Columbia. The VR flat prototype could be used as an engagement tool, to demonstrate the effect of retrofit actions and to teach householders about energy use and heat flows in the home because it is good at visualising the dynamic and complex system. The eViz energy portal prototype could be developed further to connect people through their values or shared interests and allows user-generated content. The pilot study on alternative visualisations (lighthouse, tree etc.) ought to be tested on a bigger scale to explore how this can be used to improve uptake and impact of smart meter in-home displays.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Energy,Environment

URL http://www.eviz.org.uk/
 
Description We have presented our findings to a wide range of audiences, nationally and internationally, including academic, practitioner, government and global events such as the IPCC. From 2014 onwards we have run field research that has led to retrofit actions such as adding insulation or draughtproofing. We have led a symposium on behaviour change at the COP21 pre-conference for academics. Our contribution was profiled on the web-site (http://www.commonfuture-paris2015.org/Zoom-blog.htm?Zoom=a33e84d50033c27e1b9bee4e86253242). We have provided thermal images to DECC for testing as one element of the smart meter rollout and are collaborating with Canadian partners towards a large-scale thermal imaging trial. We have run a large-scale communication trial with the UK's Behavioural Insights Team. Our work was also profiled in the journal Nature Energy with over 1000 views to date (http://www.nature.com/articles/nenergy201513). Other ongoing activities are aiming to result in further impact in the next few years. For example, a collaboration with the University of British Coumbia and the City of Vancouver in Canada has resulted from the initial project. We have co-authored a report on thermal imaging use at the international level and are currently working on a range of research proposals to take this further.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Energy,Environment
Impact Types Societal

 
Description TEDDInet Advisory Panel
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description eViz research informed BEIS/DECC pilot research "Best practice guidance for the delivery of energy efficiency advice to households during smart meter installation visits"
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/best-practice-guidance-for-the-delivery-of-energy-efficie...
 
Description Developing Leaders Research Fund
Amount £700 (GBP)
Organisation Teddinet 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2014 
End 04/2014
 
Description EC Horizon 2020 call: EE-11 New ICT-based solutions for energy efficiency
Amount € 2,000,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 02/2015 
End 02/2018
 
Description Expert advice on the design of a hypothetical randomised control trial on smarter heating controls.
Amount £11,940 (GBP)
Organisation Department of Energy and Climate Change 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2013 
End 04/2014
 
Description Faculty of Science Impact Fund
Amount £1,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Bath 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 11/2015
 
Description ISSR Small Collaborative Awards 2015
Amount £4,417 (GBP)
Organisation University of Plymouth 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 05/2016
 
Description Thermal imaging review for the City of Vancouver
Amount $30,000 (CAD)
Organisation University of British Columbia 
Sector Academic/University
Country Canada
Start 02/2016 
End 05/2016
 
Description University of Bath Computer Science Department Seminars
Amount £750 (GBP)
Organisation University of Bath 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 10/2015
 
Description University of Melbourne
Amount £1,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Melbourne 
Sector Academic/University
Country Australia
Start 11/2015 
End 11/2015
 
Title Model of Binbirkilise historical Church 
Description This is an inter-disciplinary research project with School of History, Classics and Archaeology. The model visualizes energy use in a Byzantine historic church in Turkey. Daylight and thermal dynamic modelling are shown on a three dimensional model that is part of the ' The extraordinary Gertrude Bell' Exhibition for in the Great North Museum. This is to educate the public on how historical design dealt with its natural environment to provide thermal comfort for building users. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The model will be displayed for the public in the museum to show how data gathering techniques can be used to construct full virtual models from ruins and understand building performance of these historically significant structures 
 
Description Applying Behavioural Insights to increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures Trial Number: 2015010 
Organisation Cabinet Office
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research Stimuli (Images) Supplementary Data Analysis Authorship of final project report Writing of journal submissions
Collaborator Contribution Design of randomised controlled trial Data Storage Handling and Management Data Analysis Materials (Letters/Flyers) Liaison with participants, and external agencies
Impact 1. Journal Paper: Engaging people with energy efficiency: A randomised controlled trial testing the effects of thermal imaging visuals in a letter communication (Under Review). 2. Approx. 6,000 homes received invitations to receive Green deal support to improve energy efficiency in their homes. 3. Approx. 4,000 homes received enhanced information about heat loss in homes like theirs. Letters contained either thermal images showing the degree of heat loss in a home like theirs or the reduction in heat loss due to the installation of solid wall insulation. This was a multi disciplinary project between the School of Psychology and the School of Architecture, Design and Environment (Plymouth University), with Plymouth Energy Community and the Behavioural Insights Team.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Applying Behavioural Insights to increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures Trial Number: 2015010 
Organisation Plymouth City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research Stimuli (Images) Supplementary Data Analysis Authorship of final project report Writing of journal submissions
Collaborator Contribution Design of randomised controlled trial Data Storage Handling and Management Data Analysis Materials (Letters/Flyers) Liaison with participants, and external agencies
Impact 1. Journal Paper: Engaging people with energy efficiency: A randomised controlled trial testing the effects of thermal imaging visuals in a letter communication (Under Review). 2. Approx. 6,000 homes received invitations to receive Green deal support to improve energy efficiency in their homes. 3. Approx. 4,000 homes received enhanced information about heat loss in homes like theirs. Letters contained either thermal images showing the degree of heat loss in a home like theirs or the reduction in heat loss due to the installation of solid wall insulation. This was a multi disciplinary project between the School of Psychology and the School of Architecture, Design and Environment (Plymouth University), with Plymouth Energy Community and the Behavioural Insights Team.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with University of University of Oulu, Finland 
Organisation University of Oulu
Country Finland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A visit by a researcher from the University of Oulu to University of Bath to conduct joint research together. Our contributions were expertise, intellectual input and access to data, facilities.
Collaborator Contribution A visit by a researcher from the University of Oulu to University of Bath to conduct joint research together. His contributions were expertise in the area of system design.
Impact Planned joint study for early 2016
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with the University of British Columbia and City of Vancouver 
Organisation City of Vancouver
PI Contribution Prof Stephen Sheppard was an International Advisor on eViz and has taken our approach to the City of Vancouver, connecting with his interests in community energy and scenario building. He and the PI (Sabine Pahl) have been working with the City to do an international review on thermal imaging use and are now working towards a range of research projects informed by this.
Collaborator Contribution see above
Impact Chu, A.-M., Westerhoff, L., Sheppard, S., Storey, S., Goodhew, J., Fox, M., Goodhew, S. & Pahl, S.(2016). Exploring the Use of Thermal Imagery for the Promotion of Residential Energy Efficiency Retrofits. Report prepared for the City of Vancouver, June.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with the University of British Columbia and City of Vancouver 
Organisation University of British Columbia
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof Stephen Sheppard was an International Advisor on eViz and has taken our approach to the City of Vancouver, connecting with his interests in community energy and scenario building. He and the PI (Sabine Pahl) have been working with the City to do an international review on thermal imaging use and are now working towards a range of research projects informed by this.
Collaborator Contribution see above
Impact Chu, A.-M., Westerhoff, L., Sheppard, S., Storey, S., Goodhew, J., Fox, M., Goodhew, S. & Pahl, S.(2016). Exploring the Use of Thermal Imagery for the Promotion of Residential Energy Efficiency Retrofits. Report prepared for the City of Vancouver, June.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Occupant behaviour and thermal comfort at the Beijing University of Technology 
Organisation Beijing University of Technology
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Due to the expertise of researchers in the eViz project in occupant behaviour, Dr Shen Wei and Professor Pieter de Wilde started a collaborative research with Dr Song Pan and his research team about occupant behaviour and thermal comfort at the Beijing University of Technology. The collaborative research mainly aimed to carry out research in occupant behaviour and contribute to the on-going IEA project, ANNEX 66: Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behavior in Buildings. In the research, we have conducted field measurement of occupant behaviour in both an office building and an accommodation building and currently the field measurement is nearly completed and we have started to prepare publications.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have contributed to the field measurement and publications
Impact Until know, we have got one publication in Journal of Energy Procedia, and another one is under reviewed by Journal of Energy and Buildings. Additionally, another paper has been invited to prepare a special issue in Journal of Applied Energy. We are aiming to get at least 3 journal publications this year based on this collaborative work.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Thermal imaging intervention as part of Cornwall Together 
Organisation The Eden Project
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The eViz team took a consultancy role in this project, providing a thermal imaging intervention study as part of the Cornwall Together initiative (a collective energy supplier switching scheme) organised by the Eden Project.
Collaborator Contribution Eden staff provided access to their database of clients signed up to 'Cornwall together' for the study. Also, a number of staff members, trained by the eViz team to take thermal images of domestic properties, helped out in taking thermal images of houses in Cornwall for the study. Furthermore, administrative support was given by Eden staff (e.g. designing and distributing an online survey).
Impact - Thermal images provided to more than 200 households across Cornwall. Disciplines involved: Psychology and Environment Building. - Journal Paper accepted at Energy Research and Social Science. Disciplines involved: Psychology and Environment Building. - Conference paper Behave'14 (published). Disciplines involved: Psychology and Environment Building. - Conference paper ECEEE'15 (published). Disciplines involved: Psychology and Environment Building. - Conference presentation ICAP 2014. Disciplines involved: Psychology and Environment Building. - Conference presentation IAPS 23. Disciplines involved: Psychology and Environment Building. - Conference presentation BCEP 2015. Disciplines involved: Psychology and Environment Building.
Start Year 2013
 
Title eViz Energy Portal 
Description It is a social media website to help communities save energy 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Used (and designed with) local group of people in the UK Used in teaching in HCI masters class at University of Bath Used in teaching in University of Oulu 
 
Title eViz Virtual Apartment 
Description A Virtual Reality prototype software tool to visualise the impact of decisions relating to domestic energy usage. The software, which runs under the Unity3D rendering tool, takes the form of an interactive 3D apartment (single floor, single bedroom, shower room, kitchen, living room) which can be viewed exocentrically ("bird's eye) or egocentrically (first-person) and navigated using keyboard or Xbox controller. Energy-expending/energy-influencing features, from windows and lights to cooker hob rings and a central heating thermostat can be interacted with (opened/closed; turned on/off, etc.). Wall and roof insulation materials can be selected, different forms of light bulbs are available and the 3D can be viewed in "normal", "night vision" and "thermal mode". The task of the end user is to explore the apartment and modify the dwelling's thermal expenditure qualities. The users' results are displayed at the end of each session. In addition to the "desktop" implementation of the Virtual Apartment (I.e. standard PC/laptop interface), the prototype can be experienced using so-called "immersive" VR techniques, via an Oculus Rift head-mounted display and Xbox controller, or on a Samsung S6 Smartphone, integrated with a Samsung GearVR headset and associated hand controller. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact - Studies using the eViz VR flat have so far led to a paper published in the conference proceedings of BEHAVE 2014, and a journal paper is under review. - A presentation on the eViz VR flat at the Biennial Conference of Environmental Psychology 2013, led to an invite to speak at the University of Nottingham - The eViz VR flat was used as an engagement tool at the Regen SW renewable energy market place by the eViz team. This encouraged members of the public to visit the eViz stand. 
 
Title eViz iPad Energy Diary 
Description As part of eViz an Energy Diary has been developed for the iPad that aims to measure energy-related actions during peak times, as well as record peoples beliefs and understanding related to these actions. This tool will be used in future research to measure energy-related behaviours in households. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Research using the eViz energy diary led to a poster presentation at the Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology 2013 
 
Description Department of Computing and Information System, University of Melbourne. Title: Burrows, R., Johnson, P., Johnson, H. Do you value energy? A web-based information system for communities to share and tailor strategies for reducing energy demand. (2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Around 50 members of the Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne attended a talk and discussion on the eViz work at Bath. This lead to further discussion with around 15 members of the department throughout the next day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Annex 66 first meeting In Hong Kong - Pieter de Wilde and Shen Wei 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Pieter de Wilde and Dr Shen Wei attended the first expert meeting of a new IEA project ANNEX 66: Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behavior in Buildings, held in Hong Kong. In that meeting the team from Plymouth University was one of the two institutions from the United Kingdom.

Shen Wei gave two talks at the meeting:
- Research on occupant behaviour in Europe
- Comparing alternative occupant classification approaches when modelling occupant window opening behaviour.

In the meeting future collaborations were discussed.

Important networking opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Annex 66 second meeting in Shang Hai - Shen Wei 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Shen Wei presented at this meeting, the title of the talk was: A comparison of alternative occupant classification approaches for the modelling of occupant window opening behaviour in office buildings.

The talk led to questions and discussions about future collaborations.

Important networking opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Awareness-raising presentation at energy company (SSE) workshop (held at the Eden Project) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An invited presentation and demonstration relating to the eViz Virtual Apartment System. There was significant discussion after the presentation and demonstration relating to how the Virtual Apartment system could be developed - using easy-to-deploy integrated commercial-off-the-shelf sensing and measurement systems - to provide bespoke versions of the software for use on a dwelling/building by dwelling/building basis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Conference Presentation (Poster): Developing an Online Social Media System to Influence Pro-environmental Behaviour based on User Values - Rachel Burrows 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation poster presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation at the PERSUASIVE conference in Padova, Italy - during the poster session the work was discussed with other conference attendees.

Networking opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.cs.bath.ac.uk/~rb627/rachel_burrows/downloads/posterRB.pdf
 
Description Conference Presentation (Poster): Using a Diary Method to Examine Peak Energy Use in the Home - Christine Boomsma 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation poster presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is a poster presented at the 10th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology 2013, during the poster session there was discussion about the work with other conference attendees.

Awareness raised about the project and new contacts were made
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Conference Presentation: Encouraging energy saving in the workplace: Reflections from a field study - Christine Boomsma 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at the 11th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology in Groningen, The Netherlands - with questions and discussion afterwards

Networking opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Conference Presentation: Engaging individuals with energy efficiency: A field study on thermal imaging and the role of tailoring - Christine Boomsma 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at the 23rd IAPS (International organisation of People - Environment Studies) Conference in Timisoara, Romania - with questions and discussion afterwards.

Networking opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Conference Presentation: Exploiting Gaming Technologies to Visualise Dynamic Thermal Qualities of a Domestic Dwelling: Technical & Human Factors Challenges - Robert Stone 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Stone, Guest, Pahl, & Boomsma. "Exploiting Gaming Technologies to Visualise Dynamic Thermal Qualities of a Domestic Dwelling: Technical & Human Factors Challenges"; at BEHAVE 2014 (the third European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency); Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford; 03-04 September, 2014.

Conference presentation well received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Conference Presentation: Exploring mental models of home heating - Julie Goodhew 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at the 11th Biennial Conference in Environmental Psychology in Groningen, The Netherlands - with questions and discussion afterwards

Networking opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Conference Presentation: Making Heat Visible: Promoting Energy Conservation Behaviours Through Thermal Imaging - Julie Goodhew 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is a talk presented at the 10th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology 2013, sparked questions afterwards.



Awareness raised about the project and new contacts were made
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Conference Presentation: Online Social Media Systems to Influence Pro-environmental Behaviour: Modelling the Drivers of our Energy-use - Rachel Burrows 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at the BEHAVE energy conference in Oxford, UK - with questions and discussion afterwards.

Networking opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Conference Presentation: The role of tailoring in the design of visual interventions for energy efficiency - Christine Boomsma 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at the ICAP (International Congress of Applied Psychology) Conference in Paris, France - with questions and discussion afterwards

Networking opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Conference Presentation: eViz: Visualisation for Carbon Reduction - Christine Boomsma 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is a talk presented at the 10th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology 2013. Sparked questions afterwards, and let to an invitation to speak at the University of Nottingham.

Awareness raised about the project and new contacts were made
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Conference presentation: The power of thermal imaging to change energy understanding and action - Sabine Pahl 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at the 11th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology in Groningen, The Netherlands - with questions and discussion afterwards

Networking opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Demo of the eViz Energy Portal in Mexico for the Mexico-UK Collaborative Industrial R&D Event. (2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Knowledge Transfer Network (on behalf of Innovate UK and CONACyT) organised a week-long R&D event. The event brought together companies, research organisations, academics and other collaborators from a Mexico and the UK for joint R&D of innovative products, processes or services that meet critical challenges existing within the energy sector to promote socio-economic growth. I was able to showcase a software application developed through our 3-year EPSRC-funded eViz project. I was able to subsequently meet companies and universities in Mexico interested in the further uptake of our work. As a result of this trip I have already engaged in follow-up meetings with 4 partners interested in deploying the software within three communities in Mexico.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Invited Talk: Building Energy Performance: The Human Factor. - Pieter de Wilde 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at the University of Cambridge with questions and discussion afterwards

Networking opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Invited Talk: Can energy saving actions be promoted through the technology of thermal imaging - Julie Goodhew 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at the UCL Energy institute - with discussion afterwards including possible future collaborations.

Contacts were made, and the audience was informed about the eviz project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited Talk: Energy Monitoring - More than just kWh - Pieter de Wilde 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is an invited talk at the Energy Event at NEC, Birmingham, with sparked questions afterwards.

Awareness raised about the project and new contacts were made
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited Talk: Ongoing research: Overview of the eViz project - Islam Abohela 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Islam Abohela was awarded the Jeffrey Cook Memorial Scholarship 2013 to attend the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) Retreat 2013: Measuring Design: Models + Metrics which took place in Pomona, California between 21 and 23 June 2013.

The scholarship was awarded on a competitive basis following review of all applications received. Islam was invited to give a presentation at the Retreat about his past and current teaching and research activities. His presentation outlined three lines of research including the eViz project. The presentation included an outline of the eViz project and the preliminary results from the simulations of two test houses in Newcastle and Plymouth.

The retreat was a great opportunity to explore potential future cooperation with other researchers especially in the USA and Canada since most of the attendees were from Northern America.

The attendees of the Retreat showed interest in the eViz project and requested communicating further results with them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited Talk: Promoting energy efficiency in homes by making heat visible through thermal imaging. - Julie Goodhew 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at the Devon and Cornwall Energy and Environmental Management Group, with discussion afterwards.

The talk presented an opportunity to collect some data for a study. Also, contacts were made, and people were informed about the eviz project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited Talk: The eViz Project: Energy visualisation for carbon reduction. - Christine Boomsma 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at Devon and Cornwall Energy and Environmental Management Group with discussion afterwards

Networking opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Invited Talk: Visualising energy for behaviour change: Insights from the eViz project. - Sabine Pahl 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at Cardiff University: Psychology International Speaker Series with questions and discussion afterwards. And academics from Cardiff were invited for a talk at Plymouth University.

Networking opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Invited Talk: eViz: Building Simulation as a Driver for Changes in Occupant Behaviour - Pieter de Wilde 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is an invited talk at the World Summit on Building simulation Research in Philadelphia, USA, which sparked questions afterwards.

Awareness was raised about the project and new contacts were made
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited Talk: eViz: Energy visualisation for carbon reduction - Christine Boomsma 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Christine Boomsma was invited to present at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Group, University of Nottingham, with questions and discussion afterwards.

Networking opportunities with academics working on similar projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Invited keynote at PERSON network event Brussels June 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited keynote at PERSON network event Brussels June 2016, timed to coincide with EUSEW
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Regen South West Renewable Energy Marketplace - Sabine Pahl, Julie Goodhew and Christine Boomsma 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We had a eViz stall at the event which allowed us to speak to the general public, professionals and policy makers about the eViz project and show them some of our visualisations (e.g. the eviz VR flat). Contacts were made for potential future collaborations.

We provided advice to community groups of the use of thermal imaging.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Social Media to Support Communities Create, Structure and Share Information and Knowledge. (Talk) Burrows, R., Johnson, P., Johnson, H. Workshop on Intelligent Disaster Management. Queretaro, Mexico. February (2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop is focused on the design, construction and operation of intelligent systems for achieving situational awareness during large-scale disasters. It will touch on techniques such as robotics, multi-agent systems, crowdsourcing and human computer interaction. The workshop aims to match the multi-disciplinary nature of disaster management by bringing together specialists from volcanology, seismology, disaster response (Mexican Red Cross and Civil Protection), as well as computer scientists and roboticists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015