Friday 4th July, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough
Kate Simpson, researcher in Energy Demand Reduction of Buildings at Loughborough University, will introduce the discussion by sharing some ideas of how we can all save energy (and money) while still keeping our homes warm.
Her research is part of a broader effort to upgrade the British housing stock. The domestic sector is responsible for 30% of UK carbon emissions and 80% of this is used for space and water heating. Britain has some of the most inefficient houses in Europe, most of which are likely to still stand by 2050, by which time we hope to make an 80% cut in carbon emissions from 1990 levels. Her research is focused on owner-occupied housing. Local authority housing is now performing better on average, following government funded schemes, such as Charnwood council’s energy-efficiency work in Shelthorpe (co-funded by Eon). The government’s Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation schemes offer financial help for homeowners to carry out similar projects. Her work aims to capture the occupants’ perception of the installation process and she has followed householders over the winter before and after to also measure the energy and comfort benefits of the installations.
Kate says that her research hasn’t – yet – worked out ‘magic answers’ to energy reduction, but she has some practical ideas and examples that do make a difference. She is keen present her work to a public audience and hear your feedback on her initial findings.