University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/Holzminden/Goettingen (HAWK)

HAWK is a German state university in Lower Saxony. The application-oriented research at HAWK in recent years steadily gained importance and led to a doubling of external funding in just three years. The research group “Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technology (NEUTec) at HAWK in Göttingen focuses among other topics on applied research in the field of flexible energy systems in combination with district heating networks. NEUTec determines measures to increase the efficiency of municipal district heating networks by modelling and simulation.

Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Austria’s largest research and technology organisation RTO with more than 1000 employees is taking a leading position in the Austrian innovation system in the areas of Energy, Mobility, Health & Environment as well as Safety & Security. The Center for Energy favours a holistic approach to the environmentally friendly electricity supply, heating and climate control of the buildings and cities of tomorrow. Using sophisticated measurement technology and innovative simulation tools, its interdisciplinary 180 full-time researchers combine decentralised energy producers, efficient distribution networks and smart buildings with efficient heating and cooling technologies to form a single, sustainable energy system. The Center for Energy has +20 years of experience in managing and participating in large-scale national and international R&D projects.

Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE)

BRE is a world leading multi-disciplinary building science centre with a mission to improve the built environment through research and knowledge generation. We use cutting edge research to develop a range of products, standards and qualifications that are used around the world to bring about positive change in the built environment. We also support our clients achieve excellence in the built environment via a wide range of strategic advisory and expert consultancy. BRE is owned by the BRE Trust, a registered charity and the largest single funder of education and research for the built environment in the UK. BRE has expertise in virtually all aspects of the built environment including: construction; environmental, sustainability and whole-life performance; building energy performance; renewable energy; innovation; testing; etc. BRE’s main products including BREEAM (an internationally recognised certification scheme for the environmental assessment of buildings), SMARTWaste, YellowJacket, Home Quality Mark, etc. BRE developed and manages the UK Government’s National Calculation Methodologies for calculating the energy performance of buildings and supports building energy policy development, implementation and product testing. BRE’s energy team has been involved in District Heating for over 16 years being a key member in the UK Government’s first Community Energy Programme. Since then, BRE has been involved in energy policy support, training and assisting local authorities and developers identify, assess and develop DH opportunities. BRE maintains an advisory role on District Heating networks for the Greater London Authority’s Planning Department and acts as a link between international / national / local DH activity, academia, industry and other DH market stakeholders.