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Wakefield District Housing, Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Building Performance Evaluation for New Build Social Housing

Wakefield District Housing (WDH) and Leeds Beckett University (LBU) were successful in securing funding for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership. The project focussed on evaluating the performance of new build social sector housing.  The application of Dynamic Thermal Simulation models to WDH new build housing demonstrates the potential to evaluate a wide range of construction options at design stage. The DTS analysis work presented here also shows how calibration of models against measured and metered data can improve their accuracy and usefulness in considering alternative scenarios. The potential changes in construction and their impact on energy performance (and utility bills) has been quantified in this report. The DTS analysis also illustrates the potential risk of overheating in low-energy dwellings but also that this can be mitigated through simple design and operational changes, such as internal blinds or increased window opening angles. As a whole, this in-use monitoring data demonstrates that the new build dwelling currently owned by WDH Ltd. are relatively well performing. The in-use monitoring data does however also illustrate the wide range of user behaviour in the context of thermal comfort and also, some scope to offer advice to tenants on how small changes in behaviour may help them to reduce utility costs without adversely affecting their thermal comfort.

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