Description: Energy Visualisation for Carbon Reduction

PI: Dr Sabine Pahl & Prof Pieter De Wilde, Plymouth University

Fund: £1.5m BuildTEDDI

Project lifespan: Sept 2012 to Aug 2015

Contact: sabine.pahl@plymouth.ac.uk

Website: http://www.eviz.org.uk/


The overall aim of eViz is to reduce energy demand in buildings by transforming people’s understanding and behaviour through novel energy visualisations using personal and social pervasive digital technologies.

Our first premise is that changing occupant behaviour is fundamental to reducing building energy demand. The second is that changing occupant behaviour requires people to have access to intuitive energy information.


The eViz project is investigating how digital technologies such as Virtual Reality and Thermography can improve energy efficiency. Integrating Psychology, Behavioural Science with building simulation, building and occupant monitoring and visualisation the project is gathering data and developing representations that can make energy use visible and enable people to achieve energy savings and reduce CO2 emissions.

Key outputs

Wei, S., Jones, R. & De Wilde, P. (2014). Driving factors for occupant-controlled space heating in residential buildings. Energy and Buildings, 70, 36-44.

Hamza, N., & de Wilde, P. (2013). Building simulation visualisation for the boardroom: an exploratory study. Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 7(1), 52-67.

Burrows, R., Johnson, H. & Johnson, P. (2013). Influencing Values, Attitudes and Behaviour via Interactive and Social-Media Technology : The Case of Energy Usage. Department of Computer Science, University of Bath.

May, J., & Gnanasekaran, K. (2013).The functionality, interface and uptake of an energy saving application for mobile devices. School of Psychology, Plymouth University.

Pahl, S., de Wilde, P., Goodhew, J., Boomsma, C., Jones, R., & Goodhew, S. (2013). eViz – Energy visualisation for carbon reduction in buildings. Proceedings from ECEEE 2013 Summer Study on energy efficiency.

Academic partners

Plymouth University

Dr Sabine Pahl

Prof Pieter de Wilde

Prof Steve Goodhew

Prof Jon May

Prof Mike Phillips

Dr Yaqub Rafiq

Dr Christine Boomsma

Dr Julie Goodhew

Dr Rory Jones

Dr Shen Wei

University of Bath

Prof Peter Johnson

Dr Hilary Johnson

Dr Rachel Burrows

University of Birmingham

Prof Robert Stone

Dr Robert Guest

Newcastle University

Dr Neveen Hamza

Dr Islam Abohela

International advisors

Prof Cees Midden

Prof Stephen Sheppard

Commercial partners






Plymouth City Council

Carbon Action Network (CAN)

Cornwall Development Company

Regen Southwest

The Eden Project

Plymouth College

Energy Saving Trust