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Integrated Urban Model for Built Environment Energy Research (iNUMBER)

Research Design & Methods

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iNUMBER is a multi-tiered project which will collect new empirical data at three levels, integrate it with existing data streams, and analyse these data to provide new actionable insights. The three data collection levels are each represented by a work package, and different methods will used in each work package

  • WP1: City building stock
  • WP2: Municipal energy services
  • WP3: Residential energy

Further details can be found by clicking on the tabs for each work package on the left of the screen.

In India, as in the UK, there is a varied landscape of data availability at the city and building level.  The table below (or above) shows how iNUMBER maps onto the landscape of the existing and future built environment.  Importantly it shows the data quality issues that iNUMBER will address.  For the purposes of this proposal, we define the ‘data rich’ to be cities and buildings with time-series data on energy and water consumption available electronically.  The ‘data poor’ are cities and buildings that rely on manual meter reading and paper records, which makes computational data analytics difficult. PAS estimates that approximately 30% of ULBs are data rich, and 70% are data poor. Previous work through the CBERD project has focused on building a data framework for non-residential buildings, which has greatly improved understanding of this area.  iNUMBER adds value by focusing on city level energy services and on gathering data in residential buildings. Different techniques will be used to gather background information and co-create solutions tailored to the available data. 

WP1 focuses initially on data analytics of large data sets available from ‘data rich’ cities and buildings. WP2 focuses on stakeholder engagement, working with municipalities and a concentration on the energy-water nexus. WP3 pursues new data collection in municipalities and residences, looking to enrich the data poor. These three approaches will be integrated to answer additional questions and develop new areas of inquiry related to the future building stock and municipal services in India. Through WP4, we will seek to integrate iNUMBER’s work with other projects in the call, other related research in India, and relevant research around the world.

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