The built environment accounts for around 40% of the UK’s total carbon emissions and the next decade will see major changes in the way energy is generated and consumed. The drive to make housing more energy efficient will be a key part of trying to reduce global CO2 emissions to acceptable limits in the coming years.
With the support of the England European Regional Development Fund European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the Office for Students, and working alongside AECOM and Bowmer + Kirkland, the University of Salford is excited to be building on its world-leading Energy House research and testing facility to create Energy House 2.0.
The new £16M facility will investigate the future of housing, looking at issues such as off-site construction, smart homes, and energy use. It builds on the work Salford has already done with Salford Energy House, a project which has enabled key changes to UK housing stock to save energy.
Energy House 2.0 will contain two environmental chambers with the ability to achieve temperatures of between -20˚C to +40˚C and simulated wind, rain, snow, and solar light. The facility will target a global market, with environmental conditions of 95% of the world’s population able to be replicated in the facility.
The ERDF funding for the Energy House 2.0 project will enable small and medium sized companies free access to the Energy House 2.0 facility and a range of existing laboratories to further the development of energy saving products, all supported by world leading research and academic expertise.
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