Reducing heating energy demand: external wall insulation, window and boiler upgrades and draught-proofing. Initial research findings and stories


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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.

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One Response to Reducing heating energy demand: external wall insulation, window and boiler upgrades and draught-proofing. Initial research findings and stories

  1. Kate Simpson says:

    I just wanted to say a big thank you to everybody who came along last week
    for the energy demand discussion. It was a very welcoming crowd and I was
    pleased to have the chance to discuss my work with a public, and engaging,
    audience. I gained some useful insights from it.

    Here are a few links which I mentioned that may be useful to people:

    Government info on Green Deal and ECO:
    https://www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures/overview
    David Mckay’s online book: http://www.withouthotair.com/
    Energy Saving Trust: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/
    Green Building Store info:
    http://www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk/page–green-specification.html

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