Exemplar Houses@LJMU, Part of the BRE Innovation Park Network
As those responsible for the operation of management of existing housing stock seek to improve the environmental and energy performance of their buildings, effective and efficient retrofit solutions are being widely explored and implemented.
The nature of the interventions, improvements and adaptations that can be employed varies greatly in terms of complexity, cost and effectiveness. It is crucial that the most effective and cost effective options are selected but the approaches currently employed are often driven by the nature of funding allocations.
In addition the extent to which such options are effective may be subject to expectations that might not be liberated, in reality, once installed.
The use of dynamic simulation modelling to evaluate options prior to their widespread adoption can provide a hughely beneficial tool to housing organisations. To support this approach Liverpool John Moores University is working in partnership with BRE using three demonstration houses built on Campus.