Effects of Fabric Retrofit Insulation on Temperature Take-Back

Macarena Beltran, Carlos Calderon

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This paper presents a two-year-long empirical study on the effects of fabric retrofit insulation on temperature take-back in a high-rise social-housing building (23-storey block) in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). The study has followed a quasi-experimental approach coupled with qualitative methods and examines whether temperature take-back has taking place; the saturation effect and the relationship between temperature take-back, physical factors and occupant’s behavioural change. First, the evidence suggests that temperature take-back is not occurring and instead the saturation effect has taken place. Second, a maximum take-back temperature was achieved ranging from 20.85°C24.81°C. The study also suggests that to evaluate appropriateness of retrofitted insulation measures, pre-intervention variables such as internal temperatures, heating system and building fabric performance should be taken into account.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventRetrofit Europe!: Innovation meets market. SBE19 conference - Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Nov 20189 Nov 2018


ConferenceRetrofit Europe!
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