Our group has researched ways to reduce domestic energy use for nearly 20 years. 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 buildings’ 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.
25 March 2013 DECC: Leeds Core Cities Monitoring and Evaluating Contract - Green Deal Trial Leeds Sustainability Institute have been awarded a major contract by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to undertake research on the Core Cities Green Deal Go Early project. The work involves the intensive and extensive monitoring and evaluation of buildings that are benefitting from Green Deal and Eco funding in the Leeds area. Full details
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.
Leeds Metropolitan University is an institutional member of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
WHOLE HOUSE HEAT LOSS TEST METHOD (COHEATING) International Energy Agency Annex 58: Reliable Building Energy Performance Characterisation.
BUILDING CONFIDENCE - A WORKING PAPER The purpose of this paper is to offer an analysis of the accumulated Leeds Metropolitan University data around as-built thermal performance for new build and retrofitted homes.
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
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.
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 Evaluating the Impact of an Enhanced Energy Performance Standard on Load-bearing Masonry Domestic Construction Partners in Innovation CI 39/3/663 - BD2324
AIRTIGHTNESS OF BUILDINGS - Towards Higher Performance Domestic sector airtightness (C1 61/6/16 BD2429)
HARROGATE HEAT PUMPS Evaluation of Heat Pump Installations: Extracting Meaning from Existing Data Sets
CONDENSATION RISK Impacts of Improvements to Part L and Robust Details on Part C
(C1 71/6/1 BD 2414)
EURISOL STUDY Study to investigate Solutions to the Cavity Party Wall Thermal Bypass
UrbanBuzz – LowCarb4Real Developing low carbon housing; lessons from the field
ST NICHOLAS COURT Trial of Dwelling Energy Performance Standards for 2008
DERWENTSIDE Field Trial of Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery in Local Authority Low-rise Housing
COHEATING TEST PROTOCOL Whole House Heat Loss Test Method