Leeds Sustainability Institute

Building Fabric Performance

Coheating

Airtightness

Build Process

New Build

Modern Methods of Construction

Refurbishment

Under-Construction Testing

Post-Construction Testing

Forensic Performance Investigation

In-use Energy Consumption

Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Party Wall Bypass

Control Systems

Regulations

Renewables

Climate, Environment, Buildings & Energy
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Our group has researched ways to reduce domestic energy use since 1992. We work with developers and suppliers to improve methods of constructing new homes and on refurbishing existing buildings to extend their lives and reduce their carbon emissions. We recognise the importance of passive design (such as daylighting, ventilation strategies, and developing insulation products) on building performance. We are also interested in understanding how micro-generation and other technologies can be used to reduce energy demands and on improvements to the controls and usability of the systems operating to heat and condition the internal environment.
 NEWS
Heat Loss app 17 May 2016
Heat Loss Calculator android app released
Working with members of the Leeds Sustainability Institute, Ian Dickinson, a University Research Fellow, has created an educational app for android devices. The app will help students and professionals explore the potential energy efficiency of different building element fabrics with an easy to use Heat Loss Calculator. The Heat Loss Calculator is an educational resource which introduces the concept of calculating heat loss from the varied materials used in house building. Full details
 POSTGRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES
PhD and MPhil: Doctoral and Masters in Sustainability and Low Carbon Construction
Students interested in studying for a PhD within the field of Sustainability and Low Carbon Construction should contact Professor Chris Gorse. We are keen to encourage and further advance knowledge in this rapidly growing field.

 
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Leeds Beckett University is an institutional member of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Performance gap BRIDGING THE DOMESTIC BUILDING FABRIC PERFORMANCE GAP
It is recognized that there is often a discrepancy between the measured fabric thermal performance of dwellings as built and the predicted performance of the same dwellings and that the magnitude of this difference in performance can be quite large. This paper presents the results of a number of in-depth building fabric thermal performance tests undertaken on three case study dwellings located on two separate Passivhaus developments in the UK: one masonry cavity and the other two timber-frame.
D. Johnston, D. Farmer, M. Brooke-Peat & D. Miles-Shenton (2014) Bridging the domestic building fabric performance gap
DYNASTEE logo DYNASTEE PUBLICATIONS
Dynastee is the European network for the Dynamic Analysis, Simulation and Testing Applied to the Energy and Environmental Performance of Buildings.

Gorse, C. A., Miles Shenton, D., Farmer, D., Fletcher, M., Glew, D., Stafford, A. and Parker, J. (2014) The gap between calculated and real performances: Experiences from laboratory and field and the measures to address the difference. Real Building Energy Performance Assessment, Universiteit Gent & BBRI Belgium DYNASTEE Seminar www.dynastee.info 16 April 2014.

Malcolm Bell, Building nearly zero-carbon housing: for real!

Martin Fletcher, Chris Gorse and Aitor Erkoreka; Whole Building Testing Decision Tree, Annex 58 Subtask 2

Building Performance Modelling BUILDING PERFORMANCE MODELLING
On-going research in CeBE aims to improve the accuracy of whole building dynamic simulation models by refining input data through robust building pathology investigations combined with forensic modelling of building fabric.
Whole House Heat Loss Test Method (Coheating) WHOLE HOUSE HEAT LOSS TEST METHOD (COHEATING)
International Energy Agency Annex 58: Reliable Building Energy Performance Characterisation.
Retrofit Challenge BUILDING CONFIDENCE - A WORKING PAPER
The purpose of this paper is to offer an analysis of the accumulated data around as-built thermal performance for new build and retrofitted homes.
Retrofit Challenge THE RETROFIT CHALLENGE: DELIVERING LOW CARBON BUILDINGS
The Centre for Low Carbon Futures commissioned this report as part of a programme of translational research insights on energy efficiency.
Temple Avenue Project TEMPLE AVENUE PROJECT
Evaluation of design & construction process and measurement of fabric performance of 2 prototype dwellings and the refurbishment of 1 existing dwelling. The two prototype dwellings contained some technological innovation and were constructed between July and December 2009.
Elmtree Mews ELM TREE MEWS FIELD TRIAL
This report sets out the findings from a low carbon housing trial at Elm Tree Mews, York and discusses the technical and policy issues that arise from it. Published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Stamford Brook STAMFORD BROOK
Evaluating the Impact of an Enhanced Energy Performance Standard on Load-bearing Masonry Domestic Construction Partners in Innovation CI 39/3/663 - BD2324
Air Tightness AIRTIGHTNESS OF BUILDINGS - Towards Higher Performance
Domestic sector airtightness (C1 61/6/16 BD2429)
Harrogate Heat Pumps HARROGATE HEAT PUMPS
Evaluation of Heat Pump Installations: Extracting Meaning from Existing Data Sets
Condensation Risk CONDENSATION RISK
Impacts of Improvements to Part L and Robust Details on Part C
(C1 71/6/1 BD 2414)
Eurisol Study EURISOL STUDY
Study to investigate Solutions to the Cavity Party Wall Thermal Bypass
UrbanBuzz – LowCarb4Real UrbanBuzz – LowCarb4Real
Developing low carbon housing; lessons from the field
St Nicholas Court ST NICHOLAS COURT
Trial of Dwelling Energy Performance Standards for 2008
Derwentside DERWENTSIDE
Field Trial of Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery in Local Authority Low-rise Housing
Coheating Test Protocol COHEATING TEST PROTOCOL
Whole House Heat Loss Test Method