COBWEB – revolutionising energy management in buildings

In 2013 Oxford Brookes University’s Low Carbon Building Group secured funding for this project from the Technology Strategy Board, as part of their Future Cities Solutions Competition, which rewards solutions for UK cities facing challenges in energy, data and transportation.

The initial £100k facilitated the development of a prototype data platform for (real time) power and heat usage, with the ability to identify community trends and individual usage patterns in both domestic and commercial buildings, undertaken by a team
of experts headed by the world-leading Low Carbon Building Group of Oxford Brookes University who provide the project with technical expertise on energy, building tools and platforms.

The COBWEB prototype is a next generation and innovative common building energy platform on the web, which has the capability to rapidly data-mine, report, map and track real-time energy usage in domestic and commercial buildings. It has the ability to revolutionise energy management in buildings and if successful, COBWEB can provide a valuable insight into how and why energy demand changes in order for cities to respond quickly.

The team also includes software experts Mastodon C, who provide technical expertise in Big Data platforms, data-mining and visualisations, and Rickaby Thompson Associates, the leading industry experts in building energy who provide commercial and management expertise.

About the Low Carbon Building group

The LCB has an international profile in the field of carbon counting, building performance monitoring, post-occupancy evaluation, low-carbon retrofitting and climate change adaptation of buildings and neighbourhoods. The Group also holds world-leading expertise in the study of thermal comfort, in particular the adaptive approach based on field surveys. Publications from the Group in low-carbon buildings and sustainable design are recognised international references. Other related areas of expertise include: urban energy modelling using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), low carbon communities and design of low-energy buildings in diverse climates.