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Energy and the Built Environment: Funding

Previous research at The Open University has involved the study of microgeneration technologies as part of a UK strategy to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and to meet climate change related targets. With funding from the Higher Education Innovation Fund ('Carbon Connections') and industry, the OU and The Energy Saving Trust undertook the first large-scale Heat Pump Field Trial in the UK. We monitored over 80 domestic ground and air-source heat pumps in private and social dwellings to provide an independent evaluation of this technology. The OU team investigated the experience of using heat pumps and evaluated the effect of user behaviours on measured heat pump system efficiency.

The Disaster Trade, a £150k ESRC funded project led by Royal Holloway, in which Dr.Alice Moncaster’s role is looking at the energy and carbon impacts of importing construction and other materials from the global south -