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Last edited 03 Mar 2015
Carbon Buzz is a free, online tool that enables users to record, share and compare the energy use of their building portfolios and to track the operational energy use of existing buildings against design assumptions.
It is a collaboration between the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and is funded jointly by the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK) and a number of industry partners. It is championed by Aedas R&D.
Carbon Buzz emerged “...from a realisation that the construction industry suffers from a poor awareness of the link between CO2 emissions and the energy use of buildings.” It is seen as a way to support the construction industry to better manage energy usage and emissions.
It provides a platform to benchmark and track project energy use from design to operation using the CIBSE Energy Benchmarks with software from the BRE (Building Research Establishment). It can capture and catalogue anonymous annualised energy records from real buildings and reports can be generated. This can make it easier for architects and engineers to understand building energy use statistics, showing the differences between design forecasts and actual values for different sectors, which can better inform their work and help to close the performance gap between designed and actual energy use.
The tool caters to the needs of a broad range of stakeholders, including; local authorities, portfolio managers, government, landlords, and investors. It increases the amount of evidence for different low-energy building design solutions and can influence the development of regulations and policy making.
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