#1 By: Graeme Stuart, January 30th, 2014 07:50
If you are reading this then you must have some motivation to come to this forum and click on this post. The forum is about energy saving so I am interested in why you care about it.
Why are you here?
For me its all about the environmental impact of energy. Having worked in energy management I also appreciate the financial benefits of energy efficiency. I believe less waste is always a good thing.
Do you care about energy use in public buildings? If so.. why? If not... why not?
#2 By: Richard Snape, February 24th, 2014 08:18
I'm interested in energy use in public buildings (as well as private buildings, in fact). In particular, the interplay between individuals' actions and the collective results. My intuition is that most people do not feel empowered to make much change in a shared space where there is collective responsibility.
I'm also interested in how much trust there is from building users in the data and the models, as well as whether we feel we can trust the forum both as a space to post thoughts uninhibited and as a place from which ideas are taken and acted upon.
From an academic point of view - I am very interested in the modelling and analysis of time-series data.
#3 By: AndyM, May 13th, 2014 11:30
I'd agree with the reasons given by both posters. My interests are pretty much the obvious reasons of reducing GHG emissions and exploring ways to shift from a path dependence on energy infrastructures developed around fossil fuels. I also like the idea of public displays of building energy efficiency and use, and see that as potentially the start of building users reclaiming a sense of shared ownership of public spaces.
To realise the ideal of empowering the public would require some kind of governance and resource arrangement that probably isn't always feasible. But at the least, bringing the relationship between energy use and building dynamics into the public (and private) domain will hopefully trigger people's curiosity and engage them to become more energy aware.