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Research Case studies

Case Study: CCC (Carbon, Control and Comfort)

The Carbon Control and Comfort (CCC) Project is a collaborative 3-year research project funded by EPSRC in partnership with E.ON. The academic partners involved are: UCL (lead partners), Leeds Beckett University, Loughborough University, De Montfort University, Kings College London, Cardiff University and the University of Greenwich.

CCC uses the methodology of Action Research to engage users in the design of control systems which will reduce energy use, and therefore carbon emissions, in dwellings, whilst retaining or enhancing levels of comfort for the occupants. The aim is to achieve a 20% reduction in energy use through working more effectively with existing technologies and building fabrics, via the development of control systems which are both convenient to use and appropriate to the needs of users with a variety of lifestyles.

The control systems will be designed and tested in a way that complies with utilities’ CERT-2 obligations, and the project will also develop design, installation and maintenance guidelines for wide application.

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