The 18-month evaluation included an 'in-use' monitoring of both the communal heating system and the energy use and internal environmental conditions of two of the dwellings; including temperature and humidity. We also undertook post construction airtightness tests, MVHR duct flow tests, in-situ U-value measurements and thermal imaging surveys. The Technology Strategy Board-funded project (now Innovate UK) also included assessments of the design and construction processes, occupant building use surveys and domestic appliance audits.
The project will link with other activities being undertaken for Four Housing Group on the development including a behavioural change project being carried out by Northumbria University and a tenant engagement project being carried out by Gentoo Green.
Four Housing Group
Richard Taylor Designs Partnership
Sub-contract testing services provided by: Stroma, BSRIA
September 2012 to September 2014
Technology Strategy Board, Building Performance Evaluation Competition
Collation and analysis of in-use monitoring data and post construction test data.
Design and construction review, SAP review and design team interviews.
Domestic energy audit.
Primary author for reporting to the Technology Strategy Board
Lessons learnt on this project will provide direct benefits to all aspects of Four Housing Group’s operations, including future design specifications, procurement, supply chain engagement and skills/training needs.
The project will enable Four Housing Group to evaluate whether small-scale district heating systems for domestic-only developments are a viable approach for future projects.
The results will also link with the group’s community development programme and will inform the development of future handover and management strategies to help ensure housing stock is being well controlled by the tenants. Four Housing Group’s teams will use the findings to help implement similar strategies across the rest of the housing stock.
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