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International Energy Epidemiology Network (IEEN)

The UCL Energy Institute is in the process of establishing an International Energy Epidemiology Network that will share methodologies and analysis techniques, provide support in accessing data and data ethics, and undertake cross climate and cultural comparisons of energy behaviours and effectiveness of energy demand reduction policies.

UCL-Energy, in conjunction with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, held the first International Energy Epidemiology Network Workshop on 15-16 November 2012 in Berkeley, CA.

IEEN Launch

IEEN Group Launch, Berkeley 15-16 November 2012

The network discussed how to bring together robust delivered energy data with data about the likely causes of the energy demand and applying data analysis and collection techniques similar to that applied to public health (health epidemiology).  We believe that through this approach we can obtain a much better understanding of how energy demand is changing in time and what the possible cause of these changes are.

The workshop focused on sharing ideas and experiences through a series of workshops culminating in an international conference.

Aims of the Network

  • To promote the use of epidemiological methods in the study of energy and environmental performance of buildings to complement more traditional research into physical building performance and energy end use demand as driven by socio-behavioural interaction between people and buildings.To support the transfer, adaptation and application of methods employed in epidemiological research in the field of medicine, and elsewhere, to research activities in the field of energy and environmental building performance.
  • To promote the use of epidemiological methods in the study of energy and environmental performance of buildings to complement more traditional research into physical building performance and energy end use demand as driven by socio-behavioural interaction between people and buildings.
  • To promote the use of epidemiological methods in the study of energy and environmental performance of buildings to complement more traditional research into physical building performance and energy end use demand as driven by socio-behavioural interaction between people and buildings.
  • To support the transfer, adaptation and application of methods employed in epidemiological research in the field of medicine, and elsewhere, to research activities in the field of energy and environmental building performance.
  • To identify, document and provide a central reference to past and current research work in this field.
  • To identify the range of methods currently in use and develop, over time, a taxonomy of methods.
  • To register and compare data sets and data types available in different countries and regions around the world.
  • To examine the potential benefits of this field of research and demonstrate how these benefits compliment other those from other forms of research related to the energy and environmental performance of buildings.
  • To test the application of this field research with policy makers, decision makers and various stakeholders.

Funding for this workshop was kindly provided by the British Council in Atlanta.

If you are interested to join the network or require further details please  Professor UCL Energy Institute.