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Practice will conduct study as first phase of £100m project

PRP Architects has been appointed to lead the first stage of a £100 million research project aimed at developing smart energy systems for buildings.

The practice will conduct a behavioural study for the Energy Technologies Institute looking at how UK households use heat and energy.

The £3 million study is part of the Smart Systems and Heat technology programme which was launched by David Cameron in April this year.

PRP's zero carbon Greenwatt development

PRP’s projects include the zero carbon Greenwatt development

Rebecca Sweeney, project manager at the ETI, said: “This research will ultimately help to identify trends in real mass-market consumer behaviour, requirements and profiles to help us design and communicate an effective smart energy system.”

University College London’s Energy Institute, Frontier Economics, The Technology Partnership and The Peabody Trust will also contribute to the research.

The Energy Technologies Institute is a partnership between the government and several major companies, including BP, EDF and Shell, which aims to develop low-carbon energy systems.

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