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BSRIA testing for EVALOC projectNovember 2012

EVALOC – short for Evaluating Low Carbon Communities – is a three and a half year Research Councils UK (RCUK) funded research project led the Low Carbon Building Group of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes University, with the Environmental Change Institute of University of Oxford. The research team is investigating six low carbon communities [already set up under the Government’s Low Carbon Communities Challenge] in terms of the impact, effectiveness and success of their changes in energy use on energy behaviours. Clearly the EVALOC team’s efforts rely on accurate measurement and recording of the energy consumed in homes within the six communities involved and that is where BSRIA comes in.

BSRIA Instrument Solutions is one of the UK’s leading companies dedicated to supplying the latest testing equipment to aid in compliance with the ever more stringent regulations in the construction industry and was delighted to co-operate in ensuring the supply of accurate data for the EVALOC project. At the request of Oxford Brookes University, BSRIA has supplied and installed Wi5 systems – wireless to ensure minimal inconvenience for the householders concerned - in 30 homes spread through the six communities. These will provide on going data on such subjects as temperature, humidity and CO2 levels and in addition BSRIA is setting up sophisticated systems to monitor low carbon technologies – photo-voltaic, air source heat pumps, solar thermal systems etc.- in use in the communities concerned.

The EVALOC initiative is clearly extremely important in establishing the long-term effectiveness of low-carbon technology and its effect on the householders using it. The team’s research results, however, can only be as good as the data obtained from the low-carbon homes chosen for evaluation. Thus the reliability and accuracy of the testing equipment supplied by BSRIA Instrument Solutions is an absolutely vital part of the project.

For further information contact the Instrument Solutions Team on 01344 459314 or alternatively email sales@bis.fm

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