Housing energy modelling
We combine a vast database of housing information, developed over many years of participating in national house condition surveys, with world leading expertise in building energy use. This enables us to offer statistical energy modelling services that provide insights into energy consumption in housing, and how it can be made more efficient.
These services include determining:
Energy use – the current energy use and efficiency of housing stock.
Carbon emissions – the carbon footprint of the stock.
Potential for improvement – the scope for making practicable, cost effective improvements, and the levels of energy and cost savings that could be made.
Energy efficiency measures – the costs and impacts of particular changes to the housing stock. This involves adding each change to the model and recoding its effects – for example, incorporating additional insulation material, changing the heating systems or using energy from low-carbon or renewable energy sources.
An important application of energy modelling is its use in combating fuel poverty. Defined as a household having to spend more than 10% of its income on providing adequate heating and other energy needs, the reduction of fuel poverty is a key government target.
Our energy modelling services can help with this by establishing the:
- sums of money households must spend on energy
- ability of households to pay these energy bills
- most effective energy efficiency strategies for reducing energy costs.