UCL Energy Institute
Rob’s research is in the field of energy use in non-domestic buildings, such as shops, factories, warehouses, offices and schools. His particular specialism is in modelling the energy use associated with the activities that occur in buildings.
Non-domestic activities are a component of UCL Energy Institute’s 3DStock model, a three-dimensional, geometric and geospatial model of the building stock of England & Wales. 3DStock uses large datasets, in combination, to generate a bottom-up ‘whole stock’ model that contains both domestic and non-domestic properties, including where these are mixed within the same building.
3DStock is a tool for establishing the current state of the building stock and modelling how interventions, such as government policies to improve levels of thermal insulation of buildings, might affect energy use. The geospatial nature of the model allows these effects to be modelled at multiple scales from the national scale down to local areas, such as postcodes. There is also the capability to model building types across all of England & Wales. The model can also be used to research areas where heat decarbonisation might work best and thus which areas might be priorities for research or implementation.