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Measuring domestic net zero

Topic: UK building regulations, Efficiency, Energy, In-use performance, Building performance, Gas, Net zero, SAP

Cutting domestic carbon emissions is essential to achieving net-zero by 2050. Current policy is to renovate existing buildings to energy performance certificate (EPC) band C. However, that does not measure carbon emissions so every building could achieve band C and still leave the sector far short of net-zero. Here’s...

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Measuring domestic net zero

Electrification of Heat project 1: opportunities and limitations

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Air-source heat pump, Electricity, Heat pump, Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project, ground source heat pump

Heat pumps are a possible way to close the gap between low-cost, high-carbon gas power and high-cost, low-carbon electricity in heating the British domestic sector. Energy Systems Catapult’s recent project tested the feasibility of installing them across the many home types and ages that comprise the British housing...

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Electrification of Heat project 1: opportunities and limitations

Electrification of Heat project 2: the Atamate view

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Air-source heat pump, Electricity, Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project, ground source heat pump

Energy Systems Catapult has declared its Electrification of Heat (EoH) project successful in installing heat pumps in all types and ages of British homes. However, their published reports suggest that installation may not be possible in many older, low-income homes where the high cost of electricity will be most felt.

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Electrification of Heat project 2: the Atamate view

Case study - small housing development

Topic: ventilation, case study, Efficiency, Air-source heat pump, Domestic hot water, Direct electric heating

The client

A developer building new homes for social housing and for private sale.

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Case study - small housing development

Apartment innovations 4: the direct electric option

Topic: heating, eco controls, Efficiency, Domestic hot water, atBOS, Direct electric heating, Automation

There are many innovations transforming building services driven mainly by the huge challenge of achieving Net Zero targets. In a series of articles, we look at these innovations specifically where they are appropriate for apartment blocks.

In this final article in the series, we look at using direct electric space...

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Apartment innovations 4: the direct electric option

Heat pumps take on direct electric heating in London

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Energy, Air-source heat pump, Domestic hot water, ASHP, Direct electric

Air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) are widely promoted as a source of low-cost, low-carbon space and water heating. However, a model of ASHP-powered heating in London shows that they compare unfavourably to heating derived directly from mains electricity, especially when compared to real-world data from flats using direct...

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Heat pumps take on direct electric heating in London

Electric combi boilers - the pros and cons

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Gas, Bills, Electricity

Given the recent rise in gas prices and the UK government’s stated aim of making all newly built homes ‘zero-carbon ready’ by 2025, the need to move away from using gas to heat and produce hot water for domestic properties has been brought into focus.

One of the technologies that is seen as an alternative to a gas...

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Electric combi boilers - the pros and cons

Do the government’s boiler replacement grants solve the right problem?

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Energy, Grant, Gas, Air-source heat pump

Yesterday, the government announced a £450 million boiler upgrade scheme, offering £5,000 grants for households replacing gas-boilers with low-carbon heating systems. The scheme does not specify what low-carbon system should be used although it repeatedly refers to air-source heat pumps.

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Do the government’s boiler replacement grants solve the right problem?

Can district heating make housing more efficient ?

Topic: heating, Future Homes, District heating, heat network, Efficiency, Energy

District heating schemes use a single powerplant to provide heating and hot water to many buildings. They have been promoted as important in decarbonising the British economy but their dependence on gas limits their carbon efficiency and heat is lost as it is distributed which causes internal gains.

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Can district heating make housing more efficient ?

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