Pilot Study: Developing a simple model to estimate whole dwelling heat loss which requires minimal input measurements
Frances Hollick, UCL Energy Institute
A key obstacle to effectively reducing emissions from domestic energy use is the performance gap, which refers to the as-built performance of homes or interventions being more energy intensive than designed. To address this issue, it is necessary to quantify the performance gap.
Existing methods to assess whole house energy use are lengthy and require the building to be completely unoccupied, which is both disadvantageous to construction companies and does not allow any inclusion of the effects of occupancy on energy use.
This project aims to produce a model of whole house heat loss which requires minimal input measurements to provide a reasonable degree of accuracy. The model will be based upon a combination of secondary data from an in-use monitoring campign and physical laws.