Ground-breaking thermal performance methodology  proves ECO3 success!

Ground-breaking thermal performance methodology proves ECO3 success!

Just a few years ago SmartHTC was a little-known research methodology being refined by the small but dedicated start-up company Build Test Solutions (BTS). Now, after the latest in a long line of successes, the industry is taking note of this ground-breaking building performance technique that has successfully made the journey from research lab to commercially successful Measured Energy Performance service.

Indispensable tool for ECO3 Validation

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government initiative that places legal obligations on large energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency and heating measures to homes across the UK.

Under ECO3 energy suppliers are encouraged to deliver 10% of their obligation through the installation of innovative measures. The two main routes are ‘monitored measures’ and ‘demonstration actions’ – both which require the measurement of as-installed performance.

BTS, in conjunction with Elmhurst Energy Consultancy, were recently involved in one such project with smart air brick technology provider AirEx in the UK’s first Demonstration Action under ECO scheme!

Project summary

The field trial was conducted across 115 homes and involved the analysis of over 5 million data points.

SmartHTC was used to measure the whole building heat loss pre and post AirEx treatment in 82 occupied homes, along with floor U-Values, void temperature and humidity monitoring.

The study showed that AirEx:

  • reduces whole house heat loss by 12% - 16%;
  • reduces ground floor heat loss by 20% - 23%.

The study is perhaps the largest of its kind and delivered at a fraction of the cost compared to conducting a similar co-heating style test.

Measured Energy Performance – the future of building performance measurement

Being able to accurately measure the heat loss from buildings is crucial when assessing the effectiveness of energy saving measures.

SmartHTC is affordable, non-invasive and repeatable - and the methodology that sits behind Elmhurst Energy Consultancy’s new Measured Energy Performance (MEP) service!

MEP accurately measures the energy performance of a property and is perfect for companies looking to gain validation for innovative measures under ECO3. Elmhurst will project manage the process from end-to-end and provide you with a detailed analysis of how properties performed pre and post installation of an energy saving measure, along with suggestions for further improvement.

To find out more about Measured Energy Performance please get in touch.

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