University College London is the UK representative on the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme (IEA EBC).
The IEA EBC Programme aims to accelerate the transformation of the built environment towards more energy efficient and sustainable buildings and communities by encouraging international collaborative research that aims to foster the development of knowledge and technologies.
Represented by Professor Paul Ruyssevelt (UCL Energy Institute), UCL’s involvement in the Programme is that of a co-ordination role, working with other UK organisations to become involved in the IEA EBC’s research projects.
This transition came about in connection with the establishment of RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) at UCL. As one of six Centres of expertise focusing on End-User Energy Demand, CEE is linked to both UK academic and industry bodies. The IEA EBC role will play an essential part in enabling UCL to facilitate the close coordination of CEE activities with IEA EBC work and ensure that the UK research community gains opportunities for collaboration in IEA EBC Annexes.
In working to support this engagement, UCL also looks to feedback activities of EBC to UK research communities and will look for synergies with wider opportunities and potential funding at an EU level that might increase these benefits even further.