Whole house innovation project (Whip)

LEAD AGENCY: North Tyneside Council
OTHER PARTNERS:
PROJECT SUMMARY: This project is based on testing a mixture of relatively new to market, low-cost technologies, which will be installed in a mix of 45 properties. In order to make the most impact, the approach will focus on those areas of the borough with high instances of fuel poverty and the lowest super output areas to ensure targeting of those households which can benefit most from the interventions.

The project focuses on improving heat distribution systems and on electricity use reduction, and involves the installation of: domestic Oxypod units (Goodwin Energy) – heating system water de-aerator; MagnaClean Twin Tech units (ADEY); Rad fans; and voltage optimisation units. North Tyneside Council will work with identified targeted households to maximise the impact of the installed technologies through their dedicated housing services team, and NEA

EVALUATION METHODOLOGY: Conduct interviews with a sample of households to capture behaviours and previous energy expenditure.

Supplement household interviews with thermal data-logging conducted in living and main bedrooms with recognised calibrated standalone devices, and manual energy meter readings will be requested from householders. Radiator thermal imaging will be carried out before and after Oxypod and MagnaClean installations and thermal probe loggers will be used to assess changes. Gas meter loggers will be fitted where possible to monitor usage. For homes receiving Radfan, it will be plugged in via an energy monitor to assess its electricity usage. In homes having voltage optimisation, voltage before and after the unit will be monitored, and electricity use monitored using current clamps and loggers.

PROJECT OUTCOMES:
  • The project will directly reduce the energy costs and C02 emissions amongst fuel poor households.
  • Participants will benefit from advice on home energy and financial management.
  • The project will generate intelligence around the effectiveness of multi-products deployed in a range of domestic property types.
REGION IN WHICH PROJECT WILL BE DELIVERED:  North East
LOCAL AUTHORITY AREA/KEY LOCATIONS IN WHICH PROJECT WILL BE DELIVERED:  North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council
DETAILS OF TECHNOLOGIES TRIALLED:
  • Domestic Oxypod units (Goodwin Energy)
  • MagnaClean Twin Tech units (ADEY)
  • Rad fans
  • Voltage optimisation units (VPO)
ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS ASSISTED
NEA GRANT WITH MATCH FUNDING MATCH TOTAL
45 45
The report relating to this project will not be published due to matters beyond the control of the project team.
More information can be obtained from the Technical manager at NEA if required – Michael Hamer (0191) 269 2904.
Published on 12-10-2016
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