EPD at EVALOC Conference

EVALOC International conference on Energy and communities

EVALOC is an exciting, novel and collaborative 3.5-year Research Councils UK (RCUK) funded research project which brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from building science and social science disciplines, based in the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development of Oxford Brookes University, and the Environmental Change Institute of University of Oxford. EVALOC has been awarded funding of £1.14 million (Grant reference: RES-628-25-0012) from RCUK/ESRC as part of the Energy and Communities programme.

The EVALOC project seeks to assess, explain and communicate the changes in energy use due to community activities within six selected case study projects under the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) Low Carbon Communities Challenge (LCCC) initiative, a government-supported initiative to transform the way communities use and produce energy, and build new ways of supporting more sustainable living. These low carbon community projects are evaluated in terms of their IMPACTS on changing individual, household and community behaviours, EFFECTIVENESS on achieving real-savings in energy use CO2 emissions and SUCCESS in bringing about sustained and systemic change.

As part of the EVALOC project, we are convening a full-day ‘International Conference on Energy and Communities’ to be held on 12 September 2012 at the TS Eliot Theatre, Merton College, Oxford. The overarching objective of the conference is to share, discuss and learn from national and international best practice in energy and communities, both new and existing. Four internationally acclaimed guest speakers will be sharing their experiences of low carbon communities and further knowledge exchange will be promoted through parallel workshops focusing on energy use within communities, at both household and community levels. The three specialist parallel workshops will encourage discussion and debate on the:
• Need and scope of monitoring and evaluation of low energy housing refurbishments
• Opportunities and challenges in doing research with/on/for communities
• Engagement opportunities for communities in the forthcoming Green Deal programme

This is a free conference with attendance by invitation only. The speaker list includes internationally recognised experts from academia, policy-making and practice. Audience guests will include members from low carbon communities, practitioners, policy-making, policy-delivery and academics working in the field of energy and communities. An informal wine reception in the garden will conclude the day – weather permitting!

Speakers:
Professor Jon Fink, Portland State University, USA
Rachel Nunn, LEAF programme advisory board, UK
Dr Michael Ornetzeder, Austrian Academy of Science, Austria
Trevor Graham, City of Malmö, Sweden
Professor Ashok Lall, Ashok B. Lall – Architects, India
Stephen Passmore, National Refurbishment Centre and Energy Saving Trust, UK
Nigel Ingram, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK
Bridget Newbery, Centre for Sustainable Energy, UK

Conference chair: 
Professor Rajat Gupta, Director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) and Principal Investigator of EVALOC project, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Conference Programme

9.30-10.00 
Registration and Coffee/Tea 

Session 1 
Inaugural Session  
10:00 – 11:10
Chair: Professor Ray Ogden, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University

10.00  Welcome address
Professor John Raftery, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

10.10  Introduction to the conference: EVALOC low carbon communities project: emerging findings
Professor Rajat Gupta, Conference Chair, Oxford Brookes University

10.40  Seeding community energy action through Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF): what did we learn?
Rachel Nunn, Strategic advisory board of LEAF programme

11.10 – 11.40 
Refreshment break and Viewing of posters

Session 2
Global versus community-scale approaches for tackling the climate crisis
11.40 – 13.00
Chair: Professor Rajat Gupta, Director of Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University

11.40  Neighbourhood-, urban-, and global-scale solutions to the energy and climate crisis: Observations from  Portland, Oregon
Professor Jon Fink, Portland State University, USA

12.10  The role of community building processes in sustainable energy projects: Experiences from Austria
Dr Michael Ornetzeder, Austrian Academy of Science, Austria

12.40  Panel discussion

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch and Viewing of posters

Session 3
Innovating at the grassroots level: creating low energy communities
14.00 – 15.00
Chair: Matt Gaskin, Head of School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

14.00  Creating sustainable Communities in Malmö, Sweden
Trevor Graham, City of Malmö, Sweden

14.30  Strategies for low energy communities in urban India
Professor Ashok Lall, Ashok B. Lall – Architects, India

15.00 – 15.30 
Refreshment break and Viewing of posters

Session 4
Parallel workshops
15.30 – 16.40

Parallel workshop 1:
Low energy housing refurbishments: monitoring and evaluation 
Chair: Prof Rajat Gupta
Parallel workshop 2: Researching and evaluating low carbon communities 
Chair: Dr Karen Lucas
Parallel workshop 3:
Communities and Green Deal: challenges and opportunities 
Chair: Dr Nick Eyre

Session 5
Closing plenary
16.45 – 17.30
Chair: Dr Nick Eyre, ECI, University of Oxford

16.45  Energy and communities research and practice: future challenges and opportunities
Dr Paul Rouse, Economic and Social Research Council, UK

17.05  Panel discussion

17.25  Observations about the day and closing comments
Professor Rajat Gupta, Conference Chair, Oxford Brookes University

17.30  End of conference

17.30-18.30 
Drinks and Networking. Viewing of posters

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Parallel workshop 1: Low energy housing refurbishments: monitoring and evaluation
Chair of workshop: Professor Rajat Gupta

15.30 Scene-setting: Monitoring and evaluation of low energy housing refurbishments
Professor Rajat Gupta, Laura Barnfield and Priyanka Arora

15.45 Reality of Energy Savings in housing refurbishments
Stephen Passmore, National Refurbishment Centre and Energy Saving Trust

16.00 Evaluating whole-house retrofit for future projects
Kirsten Burrows, PRP Architects

16.15 Discussion on:
• Methodologies and tools for monitoring and evaluating housing refurbishments
• Addressing the gap between predicted and actual energy savings from refurbishments
• Learning from monitoring and evaluation

16.40 CLOSE

Parallel workshop 2:  Researching and evaluating low carbon communities
Chair of workshop: Dr Karen Lucas

15.30 Learning from Derwenthorpe low carbon community: opportunities and challenges
Nigel Ingram, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

15.45 Learning from evaluation of Ashton-Hayes: a low carbon community
Professor Roy Alexander, University of Chester and Ashton-Hayes

16.00 Evaluating the impact of Low Carbon Oxford Hub in Oxfordshire and beyond
Barbara Hammond, Oxford City Council (TBC)

16.15 Discussion on:
• Methodologies and tools used by academics and their relevance to communities
• Role of action based research
• Using systematic evaluation to advance community energy action
• Community learning from energy display libraries

16.40 CLOSE

Parallel workshop 3:  Communities and Green Deal: challenges and opportunities
Chair of workshop: Dr Nick Eyre

15.30 Green Deal: Engagement and Opportunities
Professor David Strong, David Strong Consulting Limited

15.45 What communities could do in preparing for Green Deal?
Bridget Newbery, Centre for Sustainable Energy

16.00 Preparing for Green Deal: Carbon mapping households in Bicester
Matt Gregg, Rohini Cherian and Prof Rajat Gupta

16.15 Discussion on:
• Engaging communities in uptake of the Green Deal programme
• Communities as trusted ‘intermediaries’
• Learning from Green Deal pilots

16.40 CLOSE