The skyline around Salford Crescent station is rapidly changing as the steelwork for the Energy House 2.0 laboratory goes up at the University of Salford. This £16m project which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will be a unique facility comprising two large environmental chambers each capable of accommodating two detached houses and replicating a wide range of climatic conditions with temperatures from -20°C to +40°C together with rain, snow, wind and solar radiation. It will be a “whole building” research and test facility and will enable an understating of whole building energy performance under any conditions and will play a key role in developing low and zero carbon housing for the future. The appointed contractor, Bowmer+Kirkland started work in September 2020 with completion and commissioning due in January 2022.
The ERDF funding is also supporting a major business engagement programme with local companies, in practice this will allow free access to the Energy House 2.0 (and a number of other existing University facilities) for companies wishing to develop low carbon products for the construction sector. Support will also be offered through one to one technical advice from university academics and a comprehensive programme of workshops is planned over the next 12 months on a variety of energy related topics including Smart Homes, Energy Efficient Retrofit for Buildings and Integration of Electric Vehicles and Charging. For further details please visit www.energyhouse2.com or contact Joe Flanagan, Project Manager firstname.lastname@example.org.