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CarbonBuzz workshops at RIBA this week

CarbonBuzz, the free RIBA/CIBSE online platform for benchmarking energy use in buildings, is now live

CarbonBuzz was formally launched at the Building Centre last week by RIBA President Sunand Prasad, FCBStudios’ Bill Gething (Chair of RIBA Sustainable Futures), Hywel Davies (CIBSE Technical Director) and Bill Bordass (Research Director of the Usable Buildings Trust.

The high-powered line up who gathered to launch CarbonBuzz says a lot about its potential. This useful tool is an easy way for architects to grasp the complexities of energy use data in buildings.

The user-friendly platform, developed by an interdisciplinary team led by Aedas, has been beta-tested by several architectural practices over the last few months. CarbonBuzz enables architects to monitor the energy use of their projects by comparing predicted and actual energy data with benchmarked projects of a similar building type.

Workshops to assist participants in entering energy use data into the platform are being held at the Building Centre on Nov 11, 12 and 13. Contact research@inst.riba.org to participate. The more projects that are entered into the data base, the more useful it will become.

Funding for the next stage of the project, whose first phase was supported by UrbanBuzz, is currently being sought. Let's hope that ongoing support for this worthwhile project is forthcoming.

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