The Energy House is a fully working traditional style British House, inside a Laboratory in which we can recreate and simulate climatic conditions.
The house has been built to an identical specification of a typical 1910-1920 home in the UK.
This gives us an ideal test bed to carry out research on innovative technologies that can be used to treat these buildings, known as "Hard to Treat Homes".
The Energy House is a traditional pre 1920s Victorian terrace house that has been reconstructed using reclaimed materials from local sources to represent 21% of the UK current housing stock and rebuilt using the traditional methods of the time, including lime mortar, lathe and plaster ceilings.
The house is classed as a hard to treat property in terms of energy efficiency due to the lack of cavity walls.
The Salford Energy House is Europe's 1st and only Energy House that has been reconstructed in a fully environmentally controllable chamber, I which climatic conditions can be maintained, varied, repeated and patterns monitored. The following conditions can be created, and maintained for extended periods of time:
• Temperature (-20C to +30°C) with an accuracy of ±0.5°C
• Humidity (10% to 80%) with an accuracy of 1%
• Rain equivalent to 200mm per hour
• Light wind
Consumption of electricity gas and water is also monitored throughout the Energy House, right down to an appliance level.
The research carried out in the house is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, to stimulate growth in the retrofit sectors of the Northwest of the UK.
We have are in discussions with and have relationships/partnerships with several multi-national companies including; ARUP, Balfour Beatty, Kingspan, Rockwool, Knauf and Kingfisher Group, BRE, E-On and EDF.
We are currently in discussions with several institutions including Berkeley University and Carnegie Mellon about partnering research topics.
The talk will start at 18:30, followed by a tour of the Energy House. Coffee will be served from 18:00, before the start of the talk.
Places on the tour are limited, so reserve your place on the tour by email to Dr Jonathan Hinks at firstname.lastname@example.org. No registration is required for the talk.