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Impacts of fixed-rate charges on heating and controls use in communal network social housing

Impacts of fixed-rate charges on heating and controls use in communal network social housing
Impacts of fixed-rate charges on heating and controls use in communal network social housing
Winter heating season behaviour in 1960s council tower block flats connected to a heat-network, with fixed-rate charging is presented.

Heating hours delivered to radiators varied between 95 hours (2% heating season) and 4345 (99%) with a mean of 2790 (63%). Over 50% of tenants stated their heating strategy as ‘Heating always on and control with TRVs’. Radiator temperature observations confirmed this behaviour. Of people who used timer control, total heating hours reduced with increased frequency of manual intervention.

Mean indoor temperatures up to 27.7oC were observed, implying many residents are adapted to higher indoor temperatures. This is due to current shared cost recovery model which encourages wasteful behaviour. Education on use of controls is key to transitioning residents to charging for actual heat use.
Adapted thermal comfort, heating behaviour, social housing, communal heating, heating controls
1-17
CIBSE
Paine, Sam
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James, Patrick
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Bahaj, Abubakr
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Waggott, Andrew
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Bahaj, Abubakr
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Paine, Sam, James, Patrick, Bahaj, Abubakr and Waggott, Andrew (2019) Impacts of fixed-rate charges on heating and controls use in communal network social housing. In CIBSE Technical Symposium 2019. CIBSE. pp. 1-17 . (In Press)

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Abstract

Winter heating season behaviour in 1960s council tower block flats connected to a heat-network, with fixed-rate charging is presented.

Heating hours delivered to radiators varied between 95 hours (2% heating season) and 4345 (99%) with a mean of 2790 (63%). Over 50% of tenants stated their heating strategy as ‘Heating always on and control with TRVs’. Radiator temperature observations confirmed this behaviour. Of people who used timer control, total heating hours reduced with increased frequency of manual intervention.

Mean indoor temperatures up to 27.7oC were observed, implying many residents are adapted to higher indoor temperatures. This is due to current shared cost recovery model which encourages wasteful behaviour. Education on use of controls is key to transitioning residents to charging for actual heat use.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 April 2019
Keywords: Adapted thermal comfort, heating behaviour, social housing, communal heating, heating controls

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Local EPrints ID: 430449
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/430449
PURE UUID: 5629d645-aad2-43de-b661-82205825ae14
ORCID for Sam Paine: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6300-8275
ORCID for Patrick James: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2694-7054
ORCID for Abubakr Bahaj: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0043-6045

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Date deposited: 01 May 2019 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 04:51

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