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Assessing the performance of domestic heating controls in a whole house test facility

Fitton, R, Swan, W, Benjaber, MAA, Hughes, T and Todd, S 2016, 'Assessing the performance of domestic heating controls in a whole house test facility' , Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 37 (5) , pp. 539-554.

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Abstract

The energy consumed by domestic space heating systems represents a considerable share of the energy consumed in the UK. At the same time up to a quarter of English homes have inadequate controls on the central heating systems. Current modelling tools, and results from the limited field trials that have been carried out, are problematic due to the influence of the behaviour of occupants and variability of weather conditions. The Salford Energy House is a full-sized end terrace house built within a climate controlled laboratory. This allows a house of typical construction to be extensively analysed while completely disconnected from the unpredictability of weather conditions and human behaviour. This paper presents a series of tests carried out in the Salford Energy House into the effectiveness of installing room thermostats and thermostatic radiator valves. Savings of 40% in terms of energy consumption, cost and CO2 were achieved. The results should be regarded with caution in terms of their extent and application to real homes, but represent a significant contribution to the gap in current knowledge due to the ability to isolate the performance of homes from uncooperative variables, and a potential base for the development of more effective modelling tools.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: Building Services Engineering Research and Technology
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0143-6244
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Funders: BEAMA
Depositing User: Prof Will Swan
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 13:17
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 15:08
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/38003

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