Brazil-UK 2018

Brazil-UK Workshop 23-25 April 2018

Energy Epidemiology: using building data to support energy and carbon policy in Latin America

Sao Paulo Skyline

Brazil and the UK, like other major economies, face emissions reductions targets and the challenge of improving energy performance in the built environment. Energy efficiency in buildings promises large savings with negative costs. Combined with smart grids, demand management and distributed generation, efficiency promises to reinvent the power sector and has potential for deep emissions cuts. However, the sector is fragmented and difficult to model, making the development and evaluation of policies and cost reduction programmes a complex problem.

UCL Energy Institute, University College London and the Laboratory for Energy Efficiency in Buildings at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) are organizing a Newton Fund Research Link workshop focused on energy performance of the building stock in the UK, Brazil and Latin America, which will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 23-25 April 2018.

The overall aim of the workshop is to develop strategies that enable a low carbon transition of the Brazilian building sector towards improvements in energy performance and energy efficiency through better access and use of energy and building stock data.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for early career and established researchers from the UK and Brazil, and more widely to discuss and present on methodologies and evidence for policy makers to prioritise energy in buildings and demand reduction as a viable part of energy systems planning and carbon reductions.



Day 1: Context building and challenge development; selected lightning presentations from participants;  beginning the to develop mechanisms to address challenges;

Day 2: Complete the mechanisms development; identify the opportunities and constraints; develop initial proposals (main aims and methods) to support the mechanisms;

Day 3: Policy Summit on strategies to address key mechanisms and key invited government and industry stakeholder insights.

Workshop theme challenges:

M&E – what are the metrics of success for demand-side energy actions and how can ongoing data gathering be structured for feedback and evaluation?

Benchmarking – how can building energy data be captured and structured to provide useful information to building owners, users and policy makers?

Regulations – what are the key enabling factors for development of successful regulatory regimes related to building energy consumption?

Data analytics – what enabling factors can allow improved data availability to be used to improve energy performance?

User influence on performance – how do different user expectations and service levels – such as increasing expectations of comfort and environmental quality – affect consumption?


Workshop Activities

The workshop Agenda can be downloaded here: Workshop Agenda (PDF)

The following are the workshop presentations:

Introduction to the workshop – Paul Ruyssevelt, UCL

Brazil’s non-domestic energy and buildings context – Roberto Lamberts, UFSC

UK’s non-domestic energy and buildings context – Tadj Oreszczyn, UCL

Identifying challenges for Brazil – Gilberto Jannuzzi, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Identifying challenges for the UK – Kathryn Janda, UCL

Identifying challenges – Breakout sessions:

Mapping urban temperatures – Fabiana Silva Ferreira
Assessing thermal comfort and IAQ in low energy retrofit dwellings – Carlos Jimenez-Bescos

Energy benchmarking in Brazilian buildings – Ing Liang Wong
Integrated energy assessment models for city planning tools – Lennart Pöhls

Data analytics:
Cost optimality of energy retrofit in buildings – Sérgio Tadeu
Data for building energy efficiency – Pegah Noori Khah

Discussing the multi-criterial and systemic character of land use regulation – Karin Marins
Energy efficiency and zero energy buildings – Michele Fossati
Challenges of energy efficiency retrofit optimisation – Ozlem Duran

Users influences:
Developing user profiles for mixed-mode office buildings – Leticia Neves
Smart systems to understand performance – Martin Pullinger

Addressing the challenge to improving building energy performance in Brazil – Edward Borgstein, Mitsidi

Improving Buildings Energy Performance – UK Tools and Policies – Chris Nicholls, UK Dept. of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Identifying the mechanisms to address the challenges – Breakout sessions:

Collecting data from small scale commercial and retail buildings – Ana Villaca
Long-term and short-term building performance evaluation and modelling – Hu Du

Procel: Resource application plan for the buildings sector – João Krause
Simulation for early stage design – Ana Paula Melo

Data analytics:
Daylight performance of office buildings in Sao Paulo – Monica Marcondes Cavaleri
The potential of energy storage in rural Latin America households – Oluyemi Jegede
The role of net metering PV systems for improving energy performance of buildings – Ilias Tsagkas

Energy and climate change plans for the state of Minas Gerais – Larissa Santos
How can energy use in buildings be part of Brazil’s energy system – Xinfang Wang

Users influences:
Environmental performance of climatic responsive office buildings – Joana Soares Gonçalves



This work was supported by a Researcher Links grant, ID [2017-RLWK8-10616 ], under the Brazil-UK partnership. The grant is funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered by the British Council. For further information, please visit