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UMBRELLA: Business Model Innovation for High Performance Buildings supported by Whole Life Optimisation

FP7  EeB.NMP.2012-3 – Development and validation of new 'processes and business models' for the next generation of performance based energy-efficient buildings integrating new services

Sep 2012 – Aug 2015 | UCC Budget: €320,192 

Principal Investigator: Dr Niall Dunphy | researchers: Dr John Morrissey, Rosemarie MacSweeney, Eve Dallamaggiore, Dr Will Denayer, Dr Paul O'Connor

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This project delivered a decision support tool, providing information with respect to a building energy consumption and methods for implementation and incentivisation of solutions, benefitting all stakeholders involved. This was achieved through the development of an innovative web-based decision support application, which provided common independent evaluation tools built around new and adaptable business models. The interface uses guided navigation to ascertain key information from users such as key stakeholders; building location; building type; new or retrofit build; owner objectives and preferences etc. This addressed the barriers that exist when considering the sustainability of the built environment, and the fact that optimising energy efficiency is often a management issue and not one of design.

Cleaner Production Promotion Unit

G.03 Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork T23 XE10, Ireland