Thermal Improvement of Existing Dwellings

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The Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU, was contracted by the Scottish Executive to undertake research into the options for, and impacts of, thermal improvements to existing dwellings. The project was undertaken in collaboration with the Scottish Energy Environment Foundation (SEEF,, who was charged to assist with the wider dissemination of outcomes.
The project comprised five inter-related work packages (WP) as follows. ␣ WP1 reviewed existing data compiled for domestic dwellings within Scotland in order
to identify house/construction types and energy saving potentials. ␣ WP2 developed a decision-support tool to assist with the identification of cost-effective
energy efficiency options and their application over time. ␣ WP3 verified this tool by comparing its outputs with data from other sources. ␣ WP4 demonstrated the application of the tool to determine cost-effective actions and
attainable targets in the short-to-medium term. ␣ WP5 applies the tool to a representative Scottish housing stock to establish the impact
of an upgrading strategy on the energy demands and environmental emissions
associated with the thermal performance domestic buildings. ␣ WP6 elaborated approaches to the monitoring of the impacts of implementing energy
efficiency measures over time.
The project team included four academic staff members, each assigning approximately 5% of their time to the project, a Research Fellow (full-time) and a postgraduate student (part-time).

Thermal Improvement of Existing Dwellings