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Drum Housing Association

This refurbishment of six homes has been undertaken as part of the ‘Generation Homes’ project initiative in partnership between Drum Housing Association, Energy Saving Trust and Energy for Sustainable Development Ltd. (consultants). The overall work was project managed by Drum.

Generation Homes aims to establish systematic approaches to addressing the challenge of 60% national carbon emission reductions by focusing on the key sector of UK existing housing.

The homes are located in a rural area off the gas supply network and were previously heated by a combination of solid fuel and electrical storage heaters. A survey of residents’ running costs prior to the works being undertaken revealed annual costs of around £1,000-£1,250 on average. From Drum’s perspective, the need to provide easily controllable Affordable Warmth for the predominantly elderly residents was seen to be of equal importance to carbon reductions.

A further objective is to run the homes, both pre and post refurbishment, through the EcoHomes XB methodology to fully aid understanding of the effect that the improvements have made.

 

Image of solar cells on a Generation Home

Solar Cells from Drum Housing Association's Generation Homes
RIBA
Copyright: Ewan Willars

Low carbon refurbishment of hard-to-treat homes

The Generation Homes include a number of low carbon technologies, including Photovoltaic cells (right), ground source heat pumps, waste water heat recovery and energy efficiency upgrades.

For further details of Generation Homes, or the work of Drum Housing Association, please contact Paul Ciniglio, Sustainability & Innovation Manager, Radian Technical Services, or visit the website.

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