ETI Seeks Partners to Demonstrate Retrofit Building Techniques for Future Mass Scale Rollout
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking partners to participate in the retrofit of a selected number of different domestic properties to validate and further develop approaches developed in a previous ETI research project into buildings retrofitting.
The Request for Proposals (RfP) is part of the ETI’s projected £100m Smart Systems and Heat (SSH) technology programme which was announced by the Prime Minister last year.
The programme mission is to deliver efficient heat and comfort to meet local requirements across the UK. Given the scale of demand which the domestic housing stock places on the UK energy system, the refurbishment of existing dwellings to potentially reduce domestic energy consumption through improved thermal efficiency is an important element in developing cost-effective local energy systems.
The methodology that will be tested as part of this project was developed through the ETI’s earlier ‘Optimising Thermal Efficiency of Existing Housing’ project. That project identified delivery mechanisms that could be employed to improve the energy efficiency of the vast majority of the 26m UK homes which will still be in use in 2050.
Dr Grant Bourhill, the ETI’s Smart Systems and Heat Director, said: “Retrofitting existing homes is an important element in developing a cost-effective, practical solution for the delivery of heat and comfort. The challenge of introducing this to the UK housing stock is huge. Therefore we want to ensure we have solutions that are not only fit for purpose but that are economical and provide comfort to consumers.”
Copies of documents relating to the RfP are available via this link. The deadline for the notification of an intention to submit a proposal for the project is 23 August 2013. The closing date for final submissions is 1 October 2013.
- The Optimising Thermal Efficiency of Existing Housing project was led by BRE (Building Research Establishment), in collaboration with EDF Energy, Peabody, PRP, Total Flow, UCL and Wates.
- The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies – BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government. Hitachi is a Programme Associate of the ETI on this Smart Systems & Heat programme.
- Public sector representation is through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with funding channelled through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The Department of Energy and Climate Change are observers on the Board.
- The ETI is focused on accelerating the deployment of affordable, secure low-carbon energy systems for 2020 to 2050 by demonstrating technologies, developing knowledge, skills and supply-chains and informing the development of regulation, standards and policy. www.eti.co.uk