Erneley Close passive house retrofit : resident experiences and building performance in retrofit to passive house standard

Sherriff, GA ORCID:, Martin, PB ORCID: and Roberts, BI 2018, Erneley Close passive house retrofit : resident experiences and building performance in retrofit to passive house standard , Project Report, University of Salford, Salford.

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In May 2015, Eastlands Housing (now One Manchester) completed work on its retrofit to PassivHaus equivalent (EnerPHit) standard of 32 social housing flats in two blocks in Erneley Close, in the Manchester area Gorton. With a budget of £3.1 million, it was intended that the development would reduce energy bills, create new community greenspace and make the area a destination of choice (PassivHaus Trust 2015).

Over the period December 2015 to February 2016, researchers at the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) and the Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group (ABERG) monitored the thermal performance of the buildings and interviewed residents to understand their experiences of both the retrofit process and living in their retrofitted-flats. The research contributes to a nascent literature on retrofit of social housing to EnerPHit levels and to a broader literature base on processes and outcomes of retrofit across the UK housing stock. It finds broadly positive outcomes from the Erneley Close improvements, with monitoring indicating high expected comfort levels and the majority of tenants expressing satisfaction with the thermal performance of the flats and the heating systems. As with any major development, there are lessons that can be learnt, and opportunities to enhance the work: these relate primarily to ensuring residents, including vulnerable groups, understand fully how to get the best out of their retrofitted flats; and addressing some non-energy related tenant concerns.

The report begins with an overview of the EnerPHit standard (Chapter 2), before outlining the methodology (Chapter 3). Chapters 4 and 5 present the findings from the qualitative interviews and the physical monitoring respectively. Finally, Chapter 6 offers a set of recommendations that relate to this and future social housing energy retrofit.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Publisher: University of Salford
Funders: One Manchester Housing
Depositing User: Dr Graeme Sherriff
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 14:23
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 23:02

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