No-fines concrete housing insulation scheme (CP779)
|LEAD AGENCY:||The Riverside Group Limited|
|OTHER PARTNERS:||Constructive Thinking Studio Limited; Sustainable Construction Monitoring and Research Ltd; Adecoe Ltd|
|PROJECT SUMMARY:||This project will address the heat loss and damp issues prevalent in no-fines concrete housing, retrofitting 35 such houses in Runcorn. These are difficult to retrofit costeffectively, so 7 different combinations of measures will be trialled, each applied to five houses. The technologies are categorised as: external wall insulation, internal airtightness and complementary measures. Each property will receive a combination to test the efficacy of the different measures. In phase one all five properties will benefit from the same technology (there is a different technology for each group). In phase two (after a three-month period), a second set of minor improvements will be made to test the impact of low level air-tightness interventions for the best combination of ‘marginal gains’.|
|EVALUATION METHODOLOGY:||Interviews will be conducted with a sample of households to capture energy consumption behaviour and previous energy expenditure. Household interviews will be supplemented with thermal data-logging in each room and externally using recognised calibrated stand-alone devices, and smart metering of energy use. Energy meter readings will be provided by householders.
A thermographic survey will be done on all properties, and air pressure tests performed on a minimum of three properties per group.
Monitoring will be carried out for 12 months, which will include a full winter heating period.
|REGION IN WHICH PROJECT WILL BE DELIVERED:||North West|
|LOCAL AUTHORITY AREA/KEY LOCATIONS IN WHICH PROJECT WILL BE DELIVERED:||Halton Borough Council|
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|ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS ASSISTED|
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