REF2021_11Z_ICS_B Optimising the retrofitting of energy-efficient systems using algorithms: saving costs and improving lives

  • Basurra, Shadi (Research Participant)
  • Mohamed Gaber (Research Participant)

    Impact: Environmental impacts, Health impacts, Economic impacts

    Description of impact

    BCU’s research into the optimal design and manufacturing of a retrofit system for energy-inefficient houses, of which there are many in the UK, led to a project with Beattie Passive and other industrial partners to retrofit 3 houses and 12 flats. The success of the project, which between 2014 and 2017 demonstrated improved accuracy and time and cost savings in the manufacturing process, as well as much lower energy bills for residents, has resulted in a change in Beattie’s policies and practices, helping to reduce costs and address the construction skills shortage through involving local housing providers in the building process. It has improved the health and well-being of residents, as well as had an impact on the environment through a reduction in energy use of around 85%. As of the end of 2020, BCU is working with Stroma, an environmental sustainability and compliance services provider to the built environment, on a project that will help to improve the accuracy of the 2,500 Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) that its assessors issue each day on average.
    Impact date20162020
    Category of impactEnvironmental impacts, Health impacts, Economic impacts