Central heating settings and heating energy demand in low energy social housing in the United Kingdom
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This paper compares the central heating settings and the heating energy use performance of six flats and two houses built to low energy standards (Code for Sustainable Homes Levels 4 and 5) with a near identical flat and house built to minimum compliance only (2006 Building Regulations). As low energy houses are only recently emerging in the United Kingdom’s social housing stock, and even fewer are subject to Post Occupancy Evaluation, little is known about their performance in terms of heating behaviour and energy demand. The results show that in general, the mean weekday and weekend setpoint temperatures, heating durations and heating energy use are lower in the low energy dwellings compared to the building regulations dwellings.
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