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21st March 2013, 11:51am
Award for new technology which predicts environmental impact of buildings
Innovation Award at Ecobuild 2013 A ground-breaking new carbon management tool developed by sustainability experts at the University of Lincoln and NPS Humber Ltd has received a coveted national industry award in recognition of its potential to revolutionise the regulation of carbon emissions.

Carbon4CAST, an innovative predictive modelling toolkit designed to help organisations with large property portfolios to reduce carbon emissions, received the Innovation Award at Ecobuild 2013. The award was presented at the exhibition, held at the ExCeL arena in London, on Wednesday 6th March 2013.

The toolkit was showcased as part of the Innovation Future Zone alongside other industry-leading technologies at the UK’s largest trade exhibition for the sustainability sector. The retail arm of the Innovation Future Zone, in which Carbon4CAST was successful, was sponsored by Marks & Spencer, which could provide the winning innovation with the opportunity to be included in one of its Sustainable Learning Stores.

Carbon4CAST was designed and created by experts in sustainable architecture and low-carbon construction as part of the pioneering Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the University of Lincoln and NPS Humber Ltd. Led by Dr Behzad Sodagar, Reader in Architecture and Director of the Centre for Architectural Research at the University of Lincoln, the partnership is leading the way in enhancing the environmental performance of the construction industry.

Dr Sodagar explained: “We are absolutely delighted that Carbon4CAST has been recognised by industry experts as the most innovative new-to-market technology in this area.

“Roughly half of all carbon emissions in the UK come from the use of buildings, and with major companies committed to reducing their environmental impact by 2020, sustainability is a key focus for businesses throughout the country. Carbon4CAST aims to support them in meeting their targets in an innovative and cost-effective way.

“It can be used as both a climate tool, to measure the effect of conditions on a building’s energy consumption, and an investment tool, to assess the viability and sustainability of a building and its development. By efficiently forecasting harmful emissions and plotting energy and carbon reduction strategy roadmaps, Carbon4CAST ensures that organisations can plan for the future, make large financial savings, comply with environmental reporting guidelines and improve their standings in today’s all-important environmental league tables.”

Carbon4CAST is a professional consultancy service, which employs a three-phased approach to help organisations establish strategy plans, identify energy saving priorities, and optimise spend. Its development was funded by NPS Humber Ltd and the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency, and it utilises quantitative and qualitative methods to accurately predict emissions up until 2050. The technology considers historical CO2 data and influencing factors that could affect the future energy performance of buildings, including climate change, occupancy behaviour and capital investment.

The Innovation Awards at Ecobuild 2013 were established by the Modern Build Environment Knowledge Transfer Network, a network of government organisations that brings together the latest developments in the built environment. Dr. Feifei Sun, Carbon Management Associate at NPS Humber Ltd, entered the toolkit into the competition.

She said: “The innovation award for Carbon4CAST is an outstanding achievement to round off what has been an extraordinary KTP for everyone involved. It is fantastic that our work to create a truly innovative product has been recognised, and we are confident that it will make a significant change to the environmental future of business on a national and international scale.”

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