More than 25% of all the energy used in the UK is used in our homes. Finding out how we can use this energy more effectively is critical in meeting the government’s energy saving targets.
This is why we built the Salford Energy House, the world’s first full sized, two bedroom, brick built terraced house constructed inside an environmentally controllable chamber.
Fully furnished and packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables, this unique facility allows rain, snow, wind and temperature to be specified to precise levels, enabling our research team and their industry partners to thoroughly test products designed to improve the energy efficiency of our homes.
Energy House 2.0
Research conducted through Energy House 1.0 over the last ten years has led to important changes in the way that UK housing becomes more energy efficient. Now imagine if we could replicate the environmental conditions experienced by housing stock and consumers throughout most of the world. This would give us the opportunity to work with international industry partners and help to solve some major global challenges.
Which is why we are excited to begin work on Energy House 2.0, our brand new, state-of-the-art buildings research facility. Construction begins in early 2020 with completion scheduled for spring 2021.
The new facility will have two environmental chambers able to regulate temperatures between -20˚C and +40˚C while also simulating weather conditions such as rain, wind, snow, and solar light. This will enable us to replicate the environmental conditions experienced by 95% of the global population and contribute significantly to the global development of energy efficient technologies for the built environment.
This project is part funded from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the Office for Students.
SMART METERS>SMART HOMES LAB
Smart meters technology is designed to help meet carbon reduction targets, put an end to estimated bills and help people save money. The smart meter sits at the heart of an increasingly complex smart home energy system made up of any combination of energy saving appliances, energy storage devices, electric vehicle chargers, smart speakers, sensors and wearable technology.
As the UK’s first smart meter research laboratory, our researchers help our commercial customers explore how their innovative products and services can get the best out of smart meters to help UK consumers use energy more efficiently and cost-effectively.
THERMAL MEASUREMENT LABORATORY
Whether it’s wall, floor, loft or roof insulation, an effectively insulated home loses less heat to the environment, leading to cheaper bills and a reduced carbon footprint.
To help meet the UK’s carbon reduction targets, building regulations and product standards for insulation materials are now stricter than ever, demanding sustainable and recycled products that offer enhanced thermal performance.
Our UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1660 and Construction Products Regulation Notified laboratory No. 1145, established in 1981, is committed to excellent professional practice and offers expertise in all aspects of the thermal properties of building and insulation materials, energy conservation, regulation and test standards.
The laboratory operates a management system which meets both the technical competence and management system requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 that are necessary for the laboratory to constantly deliver technically valid, impartial test results within our accredited scope.