Brazil-UK Workshop

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?



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