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Domestic-in use building performance evaluation
Understanding the interaction between passive design and low carbon technologies in the in-use performance of a low carbon affordable housing.
On many occasions, urban design requirements cannot be easily rationalised with buildings offering higher levels of sustainability. Planners and other property professional have already shown particular interest in this scheme given its existing constraints as a brownfield site, and the objectives in targeting energy efficiency working well with attractive buildings. The increasing levels of airtightness required for the delivery of low carbon homes has raised issues concerning the performance of these new homes in relation to air quality, humidity levels and user well-being/comfort. The use of MVHR in housing is a relatively new phenomenon in the UK. It has yet to be fully tested and understood, particularly in relation to modern methods of construction, and when used in conjunction with other passive low energy measures such as solar gain and natural ventilation strategies. This study will help to unpick the relationships between these systems, and provide not only lessons for the development of low-carbon housing, but also valuable learning which can be translated across other construction types.
The post-construction and initial occupation study will be carried out over a period of 4 months. This includes the physical tests, inspections and information review along side occupant surveys.
The results will facilitate in-depth understanding on the performance of very low energy homes by the entire project team. The results will be used to inform current and future developments by Sanctuary Group which has over 70,000 properties under management in England and Scotland.
Duration: 2012 - 2013
Funded by: Technology Strategy Board
Project Partners: Sanctuary Green Technologies David J Stewart Associates Kate Mansfield Eco Mansell Construction Faithful and Gould Cherwell District Council
Funding: Total project value: £48,690 Income to OBU: £30,825