The work carried out by CEE typically falls into three research themes and four broad methodologies. These themes will support focused, high-impact research projects that combine models (simple and complex) and data in innovative ways across the following sectors to address specific problems. These are as follows:

Research Themes

domestic_buildings_olDOMESTIC BUILDINGS

Research involving homes and the people who own and live in them

office-buildings_olNON DOMESTIC BUIDLINGS

Research involving commercial and public sector buildings and the people who own and work in them


Research involving vehicles, travel by land air or sea and those that use them


Physical measurement and data capture including
environmental monitoring systems

The development and use of computer models that
simulate the real world and manipulate big data

Interrogating big data to answer specific questions
and generate outputs that yield insights

data_olData Interpretation
Manipulating and visualising data in order to make sense of and better communicate its messages

> Domestic BuildingsAlex SummerfieldLai Fong ChiuPhillip BiddulphProjectsRobert Lowe
Evaluation of the UK Government’s Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme
- by Maija Powell

Multiple research approaches to empirically determining the performance of domestic heat pumps in the largest European field trial to date (699 dwellings in total).

> Domestic BuildingsProjects
Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL)
- by Alison Parker

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have funded a 5 year project to develop a Smart Meter Research Portal (SMRP) to provide vital access to energy data for the UK research community.

> Domestic BuildingsLai Fong ChiuRobert Lowe
Developing socio-technical approach and methods in metrology
- by Alison Parker

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts” Albert Einstein

> Domestic BuildingsCliff Elwell
CEE Metrology Research
- by Alison Parker

CEE has its own dedicated house to test and develop new measurement techniques as well as generating data for a wide range of projects

> Non-Domestic BuildingsIvan KorolijaPaul RuysseveltSteve Evans
- by Alison Parker

SimStock is a new approach to building stock modelling, generating stocks made of individual building models.

> Non-Domestic BuildingsPaul Ruyssevelt
Additionality of Salix Funding
- by Alison Parker

A review of energy efficiency projects in the public sector suggests that over 70% of energy efficiency improvement projects would not have happened without Salix funding

> Non-Domestic BuildingsIan HamiltonPhilip Steadman
High-Rise Buildings: Energy and Density
- by Alison Parker

Challenging the assumptions on energy demand and building density by comparing high-rise and low-rise buildings

> Non-Domestic BuildingsPhilip SteadmanRob LiddiardSteve Evans
- by Alison Parker

3DStock is a completely new kind of threedimensional model of the non-domestic building stock, for use in energy analysis

> Non-Domestic BuildingsDejan MumovicPaul Ruyssevelt
Benchmarking and assessing the energy performance of UK non-domestic building stock
- by Alison Parker

Benchmarking and assessing the energy performance of UK non-domestic building stock: Schools, Offices, Prisons and Higher Education Buildings

> TransportMaria Kamargianni
Electric Vehicle Purchase Behaviour
- by Alison Parker

Investigating factors affecting consumers’ electric vehicle (EV) purchasing behaviour. By defining consumers’ preference factors, targeted corporate marketing and government policies can be developed to accelerate diffusion of EV.

> TransportMaria Kamargianni
Mode choice behaviour in developing countries
- by Alison Parker

Quantifying factors affecting mode choice behaviour in developing countries and explore the ways and the potentials of promoting bike sharing and car sharing schemes via examining the past, the present and future mobility opportunities

> TransportMaria Kamargianni
Investigating the demand for Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS)
- by Alison Parker

Mobility as a Service is a new concept for people’s mobility. The aim of this project is to investigate and model consumers demand for purchasing and using MaaS, as well as its potential impact on private vehicle ownership.

> TransportMaria Kamargianni
Advanced data collection methods: Smartphone based travel surveys and Open APIs
- by Alison Parker

Taking advantage of open data and APIs, a methodology is developed to incorporate transport operators’ APIs and other open data sources into smartphone-based travel survey tools..

> TransportMaria Kamargianni
Big data analysis of mobility patterns and their energy implications
- by Alison Parker

Developing methodologies for deriving individuals travel patterns via big data. The patterns are analysed based on several socio-economic characteristics, built environment characteristics/urban form, transport mode used, time of the day, happiness, weather conditions etc., while scenarios are constructed for the implications of mobility patterns on energy consumption.

> TransportMaria Kamargianni
MOT Data and Inferences About Vehicle Use
- by Alison Parker

A novel analysis framework for the spatial aspects of car travel, measured by vehicle miles travelled (VMT), extended to include a variable decomposition approach that captures potential asymmetries and hysteresis in a spatial setting.

> TransportTristan Smith
Energy Demand in Shipping
- by Alison Parker

Analysis of high frequency Automated Identification System (AIS) big data to understand trends and drivers of shipping energy demand and emissions

> Domestic BuildingsAndrew SmithJenny LoveRobert Lowe
New evidence for the dynamics of UK domestic heat pump electricity consumption
- by Alison Parker

Previous empirically constructed heat pump load profiles have only been informed by a handful of heat pump installations; here, the RHPP dataset has led to the inclusion of around 600 sites

> Domestic BuildingsAlex SummerfieldIan Hamilton
Health impacts of Energy Efficiency & Temperature (HEAT)
- by Alison Parker

HEAT looks to develop datasets for examining the relationship between energy use, energy efficiency and indoor environments and their co-relationship with health.

> Domestic BuildingsIan Hamilton
Retrofit “Big Data” Analysis
- by Alison Parker

Researchers at CEE have been studying the real impact of energy efficiency retrofits on energy demand using large datasets and detailed surveys

> Domestic BuildingsTadj Oreszczyn
Power Temperature Gradient (PTG) and Peak Demand
- by Alison Parker

Domestic Energy Efficiency can generate 8,000 “negawatts” per dwelling during peak periods

> Domestic BuildingsDavid ShipworthGesche HuebnerIan HamiltonMichelle ShipworthPhilip SteadmanRob LiddiardSimon Elam
LUKES – Longitudinal UK Energy Survey
- by Alison Parker

LUKES, the Longitudinal UK Energy Survey, is a feasibility study and proposal for a major new survey to understand energy demand in the National domestic building stock.

> Domestic BuildingsDavid ShipworthGesche HuebnerIan HamiltonTadj Oreszczyn
Temperatures and thermal comfort
- by Alison Parker

Do retrospective reports about thermal discomfort vs. comfort map on experienced annual temperatures?

> Domestic BuildingsCliff ElwellPhillip BiddulphRobert LoweTadj Oreszczyn
Bayesian Analysis of Condensing Boilers
- by Alison Parker

Statistical analysis of data related to UK boiler use assesses the impact of government legislation, pointing to significant reductions in energy usage