The Victorian Terrace

BRE's Victorian stable block has been transformed into three energy-efficient terraced homes to create a living refurbishment lab

BRE and partners are testing current and emerging products, materials, design solutions and installation techniques that make solid-wall homes more energy-efficient and affordable to heat.

The aim is to transform the Energy Performance Certificate rating of the solid wall stable block from a band F building into three separate band A/B units, using the latest innovative products and show how refurbishment can play a major part in reducing the UK’s carbon emissions.

The refurbishment energy target is:

  • SAP - minimum of 80
  • CO2 - ≤35 kg/m2/yr
  • Air permeability 7 m3/hour/m2 at 50 pascals or below (current best practice is 5 m3/hour/m2 at 50 Pascals or below)
  • Energy saving - greater than 60%
  • Energy production (conventional) - high efficiency gas condensing boiler with state of the art zone controls
  • Energy production (renewables) - at least 10% of energy demand

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