Recent news​

Second Advisory Board Meeting

Thursday 25th April 2013

 

The advisory board was convened by OISD, Oxford Brookes University and ECI, University of Oxford, on 25th April 2013 to review the work undertaken by the EVALOC team in the last two years. The current board includes experts from government, academia, industry and practitioners involved in a variety of energy and community actions as well as representatives from the six communities involved in the EVALOC project.

 

The EVALOC team presented the work undertaken to date at both community and household level. This stimulated discussion by the board of key outputs of project, primarily...

 

Whole house monitoring equipment installed

September - December 2012

 

As a part of the EVALOC project, we have installed sophisticated whole house monitoring system in 30 households across the 6 case study low carbon communities to monitor the energy use, internal environment, external environment, user interaction with the building (opening and closing of windows), occupancy levels in the house and the performance of any micro generation or low carbon technologies in these houses...

Energised communities: research in practice

Friday 21st June 2013

 

Rajat attended and presented at the energised communities event as part of Bristol's Big Green Week. The event showcased lessons from research projects around the country exploring how communities impact on the way people use energy and brought together many of the RCUK Energy Programme research projects.

 

The films of the day (including Rajat's presentation) are now available...................................>>>

EVALOC International Energy and COmmunities Conference

Wednesday 12th September 2012

 

'Working together' and 'translation of effective monitoring and evaluation' were two of the key messages coming from the International Energy and Communities conference hosted by the EVALOC team on Wednesday 12th September 2012 in Oxford.

 

The main aim of the day was to share, discuss and learn from both international and national experiences in the field of energy and communities. The one-day conference was convened by the OISD's Low Carbon Building Group, Oxford Brookes University and the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, to examine the role, effects, impacts and...

 

Major ESRC Grant to lead cutting-edge research on low carbon communities

December 2010

 

Low-carbon building and climate change expert, Dr Rajat Gupta, has been awarded a major research grant of £1.14 million by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to lead an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Oxford Brookes University (OBU) and University of Oxford (OU) on a three-year research project worth £1.37 million.

 

The EVALOC project seeks to evaluate the impacts, effectiveness and success of DECC-funded low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours. The EVALOC grant is one of only seven...

Working with communities to find the answers to energy demand problems

November 2010

 

Seven new Energy and Communities initiative projects have been formed as part of an Energy Research Programme which will work with communities from the outset to find out how individuals and communities use energy, their understanding of energy use, effective community management of energy, energy regulation as well as appropriate ways to reduce energy demand. 

 

The research agenda for these projects was developed through workshops and extensive dialogue with stakeholders, such as interest groups, social enterprises and policy makers, at a national...

DECC Workshop on community energy strategy

Tuesday 23rd July 2013

 

EVALOC attended and presented at the DECC workshop on the upcoming community energy strategy. This was a genuine opportunity to influence DECC's policy development process. Discussions were held on how and by what means the Strategy should achieve its aim of maximizing the benefits of community energy to all, at least cost to the taxpayer. The aims of the workshop were:

  • To share recent research findings in different aspects of Community Energy;

  • To discuss opportunities for incorporating relevant research findings into the design of policy proposals for the Strategy;

  • To identify gaps in DECC’s Community Energy evidence base.

 

To read more about Community Energy on the DECC website....................................................>>>

Visualising energy and environmental data

February 2014

 

The EVALOC project team, in collaboration with EnergyDeck are working on providing a web-based portal for participating households to view their energy and environmental data that has been collected over the past 12-18months. This data not only provides the individual households feedback on their own energy use, but provides the researchers invaluable insights into handling and processing ‘big data’ into a useable and recognisable format; a very relevant topic in the current climate of smart metering.

 

To view the EVALOC EnergyDeck website............................................................................................>>>

EVALOC profiled as an exemplar case study in first ever national community energy strategy

27th January 2014

 

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released their first ever national Community Energy Strategy. It recognises the role of community-based action in terms of energy and climate change policy and seeks to propose a practical strategy to ensure such action continues to expand and develop. It outlines three common issues across all types of community energy projects; partnerships; community capability and capacity; and evaluation and measuring impact.

 

The EVALOC research project has been profiled as an exemplar case study within the...

EVALOC conference and launch of final report

31st March 2015, Oxford

 

To celebrate the launch of the EVALOC final report, members of the EVALOC research team from the Low Carbon Building Group, Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University and the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford convened a half-day conference for community stakeholders, practitioners and industry partners in the John Henry Brookes Building, Oxford Brookes University. The main aim of the day was to share and discuss the findings and messages from various elements of the EVALOC research project, as well as hear insights from the low carbon communities involved.

 

Download the final report and read more here................................................................................>>>

EVALOC part of an interactive exhibition on community energy

26-28th June 2014, London & 30th September-2nd October, Cardiff

 

The EVALOC project has helped develop an installation on thermal imaging and carbon mapping as part of an interactive community energy exhibitionin both London and Cardiff, initiated by Cardiff University and Goldsmiths, University of London. Alongside the EVALOC project, four other research projects, based at Goldsmiths, Cardiff, Keele, East Anglia and Sussex have produced installations. It is open to all, and we hope to see you there!

 

Read more here...........................................................................................................................................>>>