Major new research project focuses on home heat loss

Published on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 15:57
Written by Vicki Mitchem

BRE is carrying out a new research project to help understand energy consumption in the seven million solid wall homes in the UK

The project, funded by the Department of Energy & Climate Change, will consider how these walls are performing before and after insulation. The energy use behaviour of occupants and the accuracy of techniques for measuring heat losses will also be examined.

Solid wall homes pose a significant challenge in improving efficiency in the built environment. The government's energy company obligation (ECO), introduced alongside the green deal, supports insulation of solid walled properties for low-income or vulnerable households.

John Riley, BRE's director of housing stock performance said:  "Solid wall homes may be significant consumers of energy and this project will allow more accurate predictions of the energy consumption of these homes and identify the potential for energy savings from solid wall insulation."

The study includes a series of laboratory tests and surveys on real homes. These will aim to identify reasons for differences between the energy savings predicted, and those actually achieved, from solid wall insulation.

The BRE research project is one of a number of studies testing retrofit measures in Britain's homes as the government seeks to reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

The project is expected to run for around two and a quarter years.

Source: Building4change

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