The Department of Energy & Climate Change has commissioned the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to investigate how heat is lost from solid wall homes.
There are an estimated seven million solid wall homes in Great Britain. The 27-month project will explore how they perform before and after insulation. The energy-use behaviour of occupants and the accuracy of techniques for measuring heat losses will also be examined.
BRE director of housing stock performance John Riley 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.”
The study includes a series of laboratory tests and surveys on real homes. These will aim to identify the reasons for differences between the energy savings predicted, and those actually achieved, from solid wall insulation