To achieve Net Zero we’ll need research and innovation

To achieve Net Zero we’ll need research and innovation

Earlier this week the government released its long awaited Heat in Buildings Strategy. The document sets out the government’s plan to cut carbon emissions from the UK’s 30 million homes and workplaces.

Heating the UK’s 30 million buildings contributes to almost a quarter of all UK emissions which is why the government is particularly focused on cutting emissions in this area. But what does this mean for buildings? And how can research and innovation help the UK achieve its net zero targets?

Elmhurst Energy Consultancy commented: "we welcome the Government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy, which demonstrates the direction in which they intend to take the UK in the coming years. It is now crucial that actions are taken to demonstrate meaningful progress towards these goals so that it becomes more than rhetoric in the public eye. Particular attention should be paid to achieving the de-carbonisation of heating systems whilst ensuring thermal comfort is not affected, at an affordable cost to the homeowners. "

Smart technologies

In its Heat and Buildings Strategy, the government explained that the key barriers to the deployment of smart technologies for heating include: a lack of active coordination and joint programmes to trial, test and evaluate smart technologies to aid low-carbon heating; knowledge of how best to encourage consumer participation or the best ways to protect consumers; standardisation of smart technology; and currently available economies of scale.

Despite this, the Government has sought to support innovation across industry by launching several innovation projects “designed to encourage new approaches that aid market development and encourage consumer take up”.

SMETER programme

One of the schemes mentioned was the Smart Meter Enabled Thermal Efficiency Rating (SMETER) programme, which Elmhurst Energy Consultancy has been helping to deliver. The scheme aims to develop, test and demonstrate technologies that measure the thermal performance of homes using smart meter and other data.

Elmhurst Energy Consultancy has taken the SmartHTC technology to create its own Measured Energy Performance service that measures that actual performance of a building. The service delivers more accurate and reliable energy efficiency ratings, helps consumers to save money, reduces emissions and drive innovation to improve performance of building fabric energy efficiency measures.

By using real time weather, energy and temperature data, combined with SAP data, our team is able to measure the actual performance of a property. This is particularly important for measuring retrofit work and addressing issues such as the performance gap.

Find out more 

To find out more about measuring actual performance and how to close the performance gap, contact the team

Article published 21/10/21

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