W6LP2 – The impact of lower heating loads on the potential energy savings of zonal heating controls and its effect on occupant thermal comfort
Ben Roberts – Loughborough
To establish the potential for energy demand reduction from space heating in UK dwellings with the deployment of zonal heating controls at the peripheries of the heating season, without compromising internal air temperature and occupant thermal comfort during occupied hours.
Conventional heating controls wastefully heat the entire house for the same duration. Zonal controls (ZC) reduce energy demand by only heating rooms during occupancy. ZC reduces energy demand by 12% with no difference in internal air temperature during occupied hours compared to conventional controls in winter months (Beizaee et al. 2015). This study looked at zonal controls in shoulder heating season.