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Researchers to turn 1930s house into zero carbon home

As part of the upgrade, new "A" Rated white goods will be installed, draught proofing will seal the many gaps in a house of this style and the chimney flues will be blocked to stop heat escaping.

Once the upgrades are complete the project team will assess the benefits of low carbon technologies, which can be fitted to existing homes, and the impact of using natural resources such as the sun, wind and rain.

"This house might be an extreme example as we removed post-1930 additions but millions of us live in homes like this," said Dave Clarke, Head of Research and Development at E.ON.

"And those homes are responsible for almost a third of the CO2 emitted in the UK, so any benefits we identify here could go on to lower the bills and the carbon footprints of millions of families.

"Most recently we’ve been attempting to find out where the house was losing heat by pressurising the building and then attempting to monitor where the worst of the warm air was escaping.

"What we found was that we simply couldn’t pressurise the house – there were so many leaks that, as soon as we pumped air in, it was coming out."

The final year of the three-year project will see the house transformed into a zero carbon house, in line with Government targets set for 2016.

Dr Mark Gillott, who is leading the research at the university, said: "The house provides us with a unique test facility to measure the exact cost benefit, energy efficiency and carbon reduction figures achieved through the various upgrade measures we are implementing over the next two weeks – valuable information when deciding on which of the many energy efficiency measures are the most cost effective."

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  1. Snooozzze says:

    Its all very well sealing a house up so it doesn’t leak heat but how do you tackle the innevitable consequence of doing this – condensation!?

  2. BrianSpecMan says:

    Well the writer is sufficiently intelligent to know there would be a problem but also assumes the project team lacks intelligence to design accordingly.
    Building science is not a stong subject in architectural courses, nor is refurbishment.
    Lessons to be leaned from Passivhaus.
    Snooze through life?

  3. Seamus Crowe says:

    The whole point about any eco house is that it has to be sealed to make it viable.
    The ventilation point is a bane where manual vents (compulsory since 2002) have to be fiddled with but increasingly mechanical vents with 98% efficiency will take over with remote controls in various places.

  4. Seamus Crowe says:

    The thermal efficiency of any any house depends on restricting the many many ways of air escaping from a house.
    The answer is to control this in all manner of ways, even where floor and wall meet and filling cavities.
    In modern houses the only ventilation possible is in mandatory vents in windows since 2002 and will increasingly be controlled by mechanical ventilation and remote controls (98%) efficient.

    I have to say this initiative is welcome as it is long overdue. Reducing carbon and heating costs is by dealing with errors in the past not creating a future which is easy!