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The Real Energy Performance of Homes: Fully-funded, four-year studentship

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  • Full or part time
    Prof KJ Lomas
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The energy performance of homes in the UK is indicated by an Energy Performance Certificate, which is produced whenever a house is bought or sold. An EPC is based on the energy demand of the home as calculated by the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP), which assumes that all households use appliances and heat their homes and hot water in the same way. These assumptions, and the simplicity of the calculations, means that EPCs are a very poor indicator of the actual energy use of occupied homes.

Smart meters enable the energy demand of homes to be recorded accurately and so can provide the basis for a Domestic Operational Rating (DOR) based on actual energy demands and the consequential greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs. But how should the DOR be calculated? How should it be presented to householders? Could it be a fair comparison between different homes? How might a DOR help identify households in fuel poverty and those using energy inefficiently? Can a DOR reflect the benefits of a future smart energy supply system? The Smart Energy Research Lab. provides access to thousands of sets of smart meter readings, which enables these and other similar questions to be answered.

The UK’s climate change and energy policies rely on firm knowledge of the CO2 emissions and energy demands of homes; the DOR can provide this.

The successful applicant will join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment at Loughborough.

Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from graduates with a good bachelor’s degree (1st or 2:1) and/or a master’s degree in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, natural sciences, data analytics, computer science, statistics or other building and energy-related disciplines.

How to apply

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This document will help you though the application process: Guide to applications through the Loughborough University portal:

In your application quote reference: ERBE19. Mention the Project Title in your application.

Funding Notes

If you are an eligible UK or EU applicant, you will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply). The stipend at Loughborough University will be approx. £17,009 (exact amount to be confirmed).

We also accept applications from students who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarships or who are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application.

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