Homing in on heating

BRE has been appointed to carry out a research project to understand heat losses in the seven million solid wall homes in Great Britain.

The project, funded by the Department of Energy & Climate Change, will consider how the walls are performing before and after insulation. The energy use behaviour of occupants and the accuracy of techniques for measuring heat losses will also be examined.
John Riley, BRE’s director of housing stock performance, said: “Solid wall homes may be significant consumers of energy and this project will allow more accurate predictions of the energy consumption of these homes and identify the potential for energy savings from solid wall insulation.”