Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group
Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group (ABERG)
Welcome to the website of the Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group. ABERG is one of six specialist Research Centres within the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford and is a very active research group established to address concerns surrounding energy use in buildings. The focus is practical and covers issues such as monitoring, energy demand, human behaviour, designing and delivering effective solutions to improve the performance of buildings.
ABERG is also the home of the unique Salford Energy House. This is a full sized two bedroom terraced house built inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. This amazing test facility is fully furnished and packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables throughout the house and chamber.
The ABERG team is multidisciplinary because real world problems cannot be solved from one perspective alone. ABERG members are drawn from across the university and this brings together academics with specialisms in psychology, engineering, computing and construction management.
ABERG is committed to supporting the development of effective solutions and works closely with industry and communities. This results in a wide variety of partners including product manufacturers, installers, social housing providers, local authorities, academics and policy makers. These partnerships are an essential aspect of understanding the problems, shaping research and embedding solutions in practice.
Core Principle and Aims of the Research Group
The core principle of the Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group is to fulfil the need for an inter-disciplinary, evidence-led research team to support the delivery of a reduction in the end use energy demand of buildings.
This principle leads to of the following key aims:
- Support the development of effective data collection and monitoring approaches to assess the energy performance of buildings.
- Collect evidence with regards to the performance of buildings in terms of their fabric and systems performance.
- Collect evidence with regards to the influence of human behaviours and the impact on adoption of building improvements and the influence on end use energy demand.
- Collect evidence with regards to the implementation of sustainable building refurbishment.
- Work with relevant stakeholders to develop practical solutions to improve the performance of buildings as driven by the evidence.