7th May 2014
ETI appoints PRP Innovate, Peabody and VINCI Facilities to demonstrate novel retrofit of domestic houses
• ETI appoints PRP and Peabody in collaboration with VINCI Facilities for £475,000 project to practically test and develop novel approaches to domestic retrofit
• House types to be retrofitted based on the findings of previous ETI research
• Further strengthens ETI’s growing capability in creating future-proof & economical local energy solutions across the UK
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has appointed a project team of PRP, Peabody and VINCI Facilities to demonstrate novel retrofit approaches in domestic properties.
The aim is to validate the cost, time and energy effectiveness of domestic retrofits across different house types, using an approach that could be employed to improve the energy efficiency of the vast majority of the existing 26m homes in the UK which will still be in existence by 2050.
The novel, mass-scale retrofit approach being tested was first developed in a desk-based ETI project (“Optimising Thermal Efficiency of Existing Housing”) completed in 2012.
PRP will lead a consortium consisting of themselves and Peabody, one of London’s largest housing associations and community regeneration providers. The retrofit work will be carried out and managed by VINCI Facilities, a sub-contractor to Peabody. This project is part of the ETI’s £100m Smart Systems and Heat (SSH) programme.
The 20-month long £475,000 project will retrofit five types of domestic property, identified and prioritised in the earlier ETI project. The property types are a pre-1919 mid-terrace house, a pre-1919 detached house, a 1919-44 semi-detached house, a 1945-64 semi-detached house and a post 1980 semi-detached house.
Dr Grant Bourhill, Director Smart Systems and Heat at the ETI said: “Improving the thermal efficiency of the UK’s existing domestic housing stock should provide economic, social and environmental benefit. Understanding the practical cost, timescale and effectiveness of domestic retrofit approaches contributes to our capability to design future-proof and economic local energy solutions, providing comfort to domestic residents whilst addressing UK energy challenges and targets. The outputs from this retrofit project will feed directly into EnergyPath, our local energy system design tool.”
Andrew Mellor, Partner at PRP added: “We are very pleased to continue to work with the ETI. This project will utilise some of our previous work with the ETI and we are excited about getting to trial the research to demonstrate the viability of the retrofit solutions.
Tessa Barraclough, Group Sustainability Manager at Peabody commented: “Peabody is committed to reducing our environmental impact and carbon emissions through practical action. As part of this we are creating opportunities to deliver energy efficiency improvements to our residents’ homes. This project will allow us to draw on the skills, knowledge and expertise of a range of key partners, to explore and deliver innovative approaches to domestic retrofit schemes.”
Homes and non-domestic buildings are, together, responsible for around 37% of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions. The SSH programme mission is to create future-proof and economical local energy solutions for homes and businesses across the UK. Given the scale of demand which the domestic housing stock places on the UK energy system, it is critical for the development of cost-effective local energy systems to validate approaches to improving the thermal efficiency of existing dwellings to potentially reduce domestic energy consumption.
This latest project follows an announcement to develop a modelling framework to assess the economic and social benefits of more energy efficient buildings and local energy system changes. This followed the announcement in January of the development of the ETI’s EnergyPath software modelling tool, which will be used in the planning of cost-effective local energy systems out to 2050. The ETI is currently working with a number of local authorities - Aberdeen, Bridgend, Cornwall, Greater London Authority (including Camden, Haringey and Islington), Hull, Isle of Wight, Leeds, Leicester, Greater Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield in the development and delivery of its SSH programme.
Notes to Editors
For further information, please call Richard Robinson at the ETI on 01509 202026 / 07500 049626. Alternatively, call Katie White at PRP Innovate on 07718 793701 or email: email@example.com; or contact Catherine Wilson at Peabody on 020 7021 4532 or email Catherine.Wilson@peabody.org.uk
• The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government.
• Hitachi is a programme associate on the Smart Systems and Heat programme.
• Public sector representation is through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with funding channelled through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The Department of Energy and Climate Change are observers on the Board.
• The ETI brings together engineering projects that accelerate the development of affordable, secure and sustainable technologies that help the UK address its long term emissions reductions targets as well as delivering nearer term benefits.
• EnergyPath is a registered trademark name of the ETI
Peabody - Founded in 1862 by George Peabody, an American banker, entrepreneur and philanthropist, the Peabody Donation Fund – as it was then known – was set up to “ameliorate the condition of the poor and needy’ in this great metropolis.
Today the Peabody Group owns or manages around 27,000 homes for more than 70,000 people. We only operate in London and manage a range of tenures, including social housing, leasehold, shared ownership, supported housing, key-worker accommodation and commercial units.
Our mission is as alive now as it was in 1862. We aim to make London a city of opportunity for all by ensuring as many people as possible have a good home, a real sense of purpose and a strong feeling of belonging.
To support this mission, we provide a range of community programmes for our residents and other Londoners, including employment and training programmes; health and well-being initiatives; activities for younger and older people; welfare benefits advice and financial inclusion and family support programmes. http://www.peabody.org.uk/home
PRP Innovate – PRP Innovate provides integrated research and development services into design, technical and process innovation in the fields of smart cities, sustainable buildings, construction product development and building occupancy evaluation.
In particular, Innovate specialises in the delivery of industry research, guidance publications and the development of innovative design and technical solutions for improving the performance and efficiency of the built environment. Innovate's diverse team of highly skilled researchers, designers, technical experts and project managers have the proven ability to deliver projects for a wide range of private and public sector industry clients. Visit www.prparchitects.co.uk/innovate
VINCI Facilities - VINCI Facilities is a leading provider of facilities management services to the public and private sector. Our solutions are commercially sound, are customer focused and provide clients with the information necessary to make strategic decisions about their estate.
By integrating services and introducing a range of best practice measures, including work flow and performance management against strict KPIs, we provide our clients with cost certainty, cost saving, consistency of service and efficiency gains. http://www.vincifacilities.com
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