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CarbonBuzz platform to further understanding of building energy use

The launch of the new CarbonBuzz energy benchmarking platform will take place on June 6, 2013 at City Hall, London. This free online tool enables users to record, share and compare the real energy use of their building portfolios, and track the energy use of existing buildings, refurbishments and new build projects.

Benchmarking building energy data and sharing knowledge is a key focus for CIBSE and the Institution has supported the CarbonBuzz initiative as it has developed.

Keynote speakers Justin Snoxall, Head of the Business Group at British Land, and Ian Taylor, Partner Studio Leader at FCB Studios, will introduce the platform and its benefits. British Land, CIBSE'S Carbon Champion of the Year 2013, have delivered energy performance savings of 60% across their London portfolio, and are using CarbonBuzz to monitor performance across their estate.

The new CarbonBuzz platform delivers the ability to store annualised energy records to capture year-on-year energy consumption of buildings. Both an anonymised database and published datasets can be filtered and reports generated to assess the energy consumption of projects and portfolios.

"CIBSE welcomes the collaborative industry-wide focus of the initiative, as well as its ability to help develop understanding around the gap between predicted and operational energy use," commented Hywel Davies, Technical Director, CIBSE. "We are encouraging architects and building services designers to upload their projects to CarbonBuzz."

The tool caters for the needs of a broad range of stakeholders including local authorities, government portfolio managers, developers, landlords, investors, architects, engineers and facilities managers, and has been piloted extensively with them.

CIBSE, along with the RIBA, have already helped spearhead the publication of a project's energy consumption data in annual awards schemes; and it is a way for entrants to the CIBSE Building Performance Awards to demonstrate their energy credentials.

Supported by CIBSE and RIBA and led by Aedas R&D, the CarbonBuzz platform is the outcome of collaborative research between architects and engineers that has been funded jointly by the Technology Strategy Board and industry partners. FCB Studios, Davis Langdon, AECOM, XCO2, BRE and Autodesk, have worked closely on the platform development alongside the academic partner University College London.

The incoming CIBSE President, George Adams in his recent Presidential address "Whole Life Thinking" said that engineers working in the built environment had an urgent responsibility to help reduce energy consumption and provide for adaptation of buildings and cities to respond to the challenges of climate change whilst accommodating the needs of rapidly growing populations. The Carbon Buzz initiative is a step towards facilitating this.


About CarbonBuzz

The launch event will take place on Thursday 6 June 2013, 5.45pm, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA

The Carbon Buzz platform was launched in 2008. It was developed under the UrbanBuzz funding stream to address the need for a rigorous and transparent benchmarking methodology. A second round of funding from the Technology Strategy Board was secured in 2009 for a further 3-year development focus.