The Rowner Regeneration Scheme in Hampshire will form the basis for a substantial project to investigate the ‘as built’ performance of two newly constructed blocks of apartments. Investigations will assess heat losses from and fuel used by dwellings, and will examine occupant attitudes towards the inbuilt heating and ventilation systems and their fuel bills.
One of the apartment blocks is being constructed to meet the Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard (FEES), proposed by a Zero Carbon Hub Task Group in November 2009. The FEES, already incorporated into the recent update of the Code for Sustainable Homes, forms the basis of the requirement for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016. The other block is being constructed to achieve a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions over a Part L 2006 compliant building, roughly equivalent to a Part L 2010 compliance level.
No renewable technologies have been incorporated in either block and the study will focus on building fabric and the main heating and ventilation systems.
Rob Pannell – Director, Zero Carbon Hub said:
“This is a great opportunity to examine the on-site performance of a block which is designed to meet the Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard. The opportunities to assess the build process, to examine the built structure and to investigate occupant impressions of homes on one site do not often arise and the wealth of partners involved here shows just how informative we hope the data from this project to be.”
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Notes to Editors
Project partners and funders include:
· First Wessex Housing Association
· NHBC Foundation
· Taylor Wimpey
· Technology Strategy Board
· Zero Carbon Hub
Post occupancy evaluation and testing will be carried out by BSRIA and UCL.
The project is expected to complete August 2013.