Leeds to test solid wall Victorian properties

11th June, 2013

A housing association in Leeds has set up a research project to assess the effectiveness of measures to improve energy efficiency in its homes.

Leeds Federated Housing Association is working with Leeds Metropolitan University on the project.

It will install meters to track electricity and gas use, and use sensors to measure temperate and air quality over two years.

The work will mainly focus on solid wall Victorian properties, which can be hard to heat. The first homes to be assessed have been retrofitted with wall, floor and loft insulation, new boilers, heating controls and double glazing.

David Malsom, energy and sustainability manager at the 4,000-home housing association, said: ‘This project is not just about the house, it’s about the home and how it impacts on the family who live in it.

A warm home that is cheaper to run means that its residents are physically healthier, they suffer from less stress and it has a big impact on how well children do at school.

‘There are proven links between fuel poverty – households who struggle to keep up with energy bills and are often forced to turn the heating off – and low educational achievement. We believe that a warm home offers a family a vastly increased quality of life and a better future for the younger generations.’



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