Refurbishment of a Victorian house in Bristol
‘Over 50% 0f Bristol’s total Housing Stock was built pre 1919’ (Source: Beacon Councils Scheme – Housing Renewal 2005/6).
The Re-habit project has two distinct, but intrinsically linked, aims: The first aim is to deliver the required cuts in energy use by focussing on the building fabric, structure and energy systems whilst respecting the external value of our ageing buildings; the second aim is to gain an in-depth understanding of occupant behaviour and psychology, identifying technologies and processes that facilitate low carbon lifestyles.
Combining these two approaches, our objective has been to deliver system solutions which address all aspects of carbon emission reductions in the home, while also establishing the potential for cost-effective, large- scale replication of the refurbishment project.
The project has reached the end of the construction stage and now enters a two year monitoring stage. This final stage will test the targets and design aspirations of the project and help develop a national database managed by the Technology Strategy Board.