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The BIG Energy Upgrade programme invites companies to tender for the project’s website

The University of Sheffield, on behalf of the BIG Energy Upgrade programme (BEU), is now inviting interested web design companies to tender for the development of the BEU’s website.

The website will be a very important tool through which the BEU programme will disseminate information on its ongoing activities and achievements to the all interested stakeholders and to the general public. The website will become an important resource for UK businesses and policy makers working on the Climate Change agenda and around the Green Deal initiative.

Information about the tender:

Further information about the BIG Energy Upgrade:
The Big Energy Upgrade is a regional flagship project addressing the priority needs of both reduction in carbon emissions and the creation of jobs. To address the issues in an integrated approach the University of Sheffield has brought together a multidisciplinary team of academics working alongside Local Authorities, ALMOs, social housing providers and an energy services company. The Big Energy Upgrade, is delivered by a consortium of local authorities and social housing providers, led by Kirklees Council, is a very ambitious project as, for the first time in the UK, the Partners will work together in adopting a fully integrated, whole-house approach while installing energy efficiency measures and micro generation technologies in households. Through individual household assessments the project will identify a highly individual package of measures for each of the households and which will provide optimal insulation and energy control to the house. Ten disadvantaged communities across Yorkshire and the Humber will be targeted by the scheme.

The University plays a key role in the project by providing a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding and optimising the interrelated technological, behavioural and economic factors. A team of academics is monitoring the performance of the installed energy efficiency measures. study the material’s lifecycle, look at behaviour of those living in the newly insulated houses as well as at the communities interested by the intervention, monitor energy consumption in selected households and support the supply chain associated with the energy efficiency measures particularly the one associated with the external solid wall insulation.

The project addresses key national priorities of:

  • reducing CO2 emissions from the installed base of residential dwellings, required to meet national CO2 reduction
  • alleviating fuel-poverty
  • driving regional economic growth in this expanding field

The results of the project have particular relevance for the forthcoming Green Deal, a government initiative which is launched in March 2012. The project, to retrofit energy-efficiency and renewable-energy measured to residential dwellings is the largest such venture in the UK.

The lead for the University activity is Professor Lenny Koh (Management School), with Professor Steve Banwart (Cross-cutting Director of Research and Innovation for Energy and Environment).

Led by Kirklees Council, the BEU project it includes (as well as the University of Sheffield) the following partners:

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