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Bourne Leisure Thermal Performance of Holiday Homes

Assessing the fabric thermal performance of holiday homes

The aim of this project was to undertake a number of in situ measurements of the thermal performance and airtightness of a small number of new 2016 model fleet hire holiday homes. The in situ measurements were undertaken to enable the heat loss attributable to each holiday home to be disaggregated into its constituent components. All of these measurements were undertaken for Bourne Leisure Limited, on one the largest holiday home park operators in the UK. These measurements were undertaken to enable Bourne Leisure Limited to determine the optimum levels of insulation (and U-values) that should be specified for the main external elements of their fleet hire holiday homes.  This project presents the results obtained from undertaking detailed building fabric thermal performance tests on a small sample of new holiday homes. The results of these tests indicate that although a building fabric thermal performance ‘performance gap’ exists in all of the holiday homes tested, the results suggest that the ‘gap’ is much smaller than that documented for new build UK housing and may be more of a consequence of the way in which the design intent of these homes has been determined, i.e. a ‘prediction gap’, rather than a ‘performance gap’ between assumed and realised in situ performance. These results could be used by industry to develop more appropriate prediction tools that are relevant to holiday homes.

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