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Making our homes sustainable

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The Hub brings together academics from varying disciplines; physicists, psychologists, engineers, designers and built environment experts all collaborating with a huge range of organisations to find energy efficiency solutions for our homes.

Universities are meeting this challenge by developing the underpinning research that enables businesses to bring more energy efficient products to market that consumers can use to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
The Government’s carbon reduction targets mean we need to retrofit 1,500 homes a day, every day, until 2050 to ensure they meet the energy standards. Given our ageing housing stock this is a particularly complicated task. Through their Energy Hub, the University of Salford have reconstructed the world’s first terraced house inside a fully climate-controlled lab where new technologies and tests can be run in exacting conditions – such as wind, rain and varying temperatures.

The Hub brings together academics from varying disciplines; physicists, psychologists, engineers, designers and built environment experts all collaborating with a huge range of organisations to find energy efficiency solutions for our homes.

One such organisation is Dyer Environmental Controls who, working in collaboration with the team at Salford, have developed and brought to market ‘Solis’, a wireless, solar powered chain actuator for opening high level windows and rooflights. This new product facilitates a simple and efficient way to release heat and provide natural clean air into a house. Dyer’s Managing Director, John Crossley, knows it couldn’t be done without Salford’s Energy House project.

“The Energy Hub’s support has not only given us the opportunity to exchange innovative thinking and bring new products to market but, more importantly, it has been the catalyst for a new innovation culture within our Company. From supporting us through factory visits in the Far East, to facilitating Innovation Days within our business, the Energy Hub’s refreshingly open communication approach has allowed us to develop from a construction-based subcontractor, to an innovative environmental technology provider.”

John Crossley, Managing Director Dyer Environmental Controls

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