Technology Roadmaps: Measurement Priorities for The Built Environment

The table below shows some measurement needs for the UK across key areas. The information is displayed according to where it fits into the NMS programmes. Click on any section for more information on that sector.

The given priority application areas were originally agreed at a series of roadmapping meetings. If you would like details of the prioritisation process or would like to comment on any aspect of the roadmaps, please complete the feedback form

Priority Application Areas Knowledge Base Cross-cutting themes / Other
Engineering and Flow Materials and Thermal Physical Ionising Radiation Chemical and Biological Software for Metrology
Decentralised and Microgeneration Microfluidics and flow measurement and control. 3D type modelling for planning Photovoltaic material properties Photovoltaic and renewable efficiency and power output/ quality/ phase. Grid metering and isolation profiling   Standards for gas/ oil microgeneration, carbon dioxide monitoring, biofuel quality   Life cycle analysis, independent evaluation of microgeneration technologies and equipment
Thermal Insulation and Management Airflow measurement Humidity and air quality. Air stream enthalpy, properties of insulators. Heat meters and buildings' thermal properties and U value Special transmission of smart glass   Air quality measurement and exposure limits. Gas concentration and carbon dioxide monitoring Validated models for thermal performance of buildings, geographic information system for planning and targeting retrofit Dynamic measurements and remote sensing, in-situ test of vacuum panels. Government planning policy
Modular and Off-site Construction Large scale metrology, dimensional accuracy of manufacture and setting out, accreditation of factory made components Adhesives and joining techniques GPS and geographic information system for setting out and management/ logistics     Design models and visualisation Standards for off-site construction (interfaces, services, etc.), knowledge transfer to industry and Eurocodes
Advanced Materials and Condition Monitoring Microsensing technology, structural integrity monitoring and strain measurement Embodied energy, condition monitoring sensor materials, strength and durability testing and remote/ embedded monitoring, and humidity Embedded sensors in structures. Optical fibre sensing, data capture, remote and wireless sensing. non-destructive examination       Life cycle energy and impact, life cycle analysis tools highly accelerated life testing (HALT), climate data, knowledge transfer
Recycling and Remediation Characterisation of recycled materials Structural analysis of foundations, soil measurement, material identification and traceability, residual life of foundation     Soil chemical and biological measurements, toxicity sensing levels and measurement of sustainable waste disposal (anaerobic digestion and anaerobic treatment technology), water quality Database for land toxicity Life cycle energy and impact life cycle analysis tools and soil value guidelines (SGVs)