Monitoring and evaluation
Researchers from Oxford Brookes University’s Low Carbon Building Group are working with a subset of homes to independently evaluate PassivSystems’ smart control system. The energy flows within each household relating to solar panels, battery and air source heat pump are monitored as well as energy consumption from the grid. Indoor environmental monitoring provides context to the energy demands.
Occupant surveys and interviews provide further contextual evidence, giving a fuller understanding of the daily energy demand for each home.
Combining all of this information will allow analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of the smart control system under different conditions, as well as the scale of the potential savings to energy bills, reduction in carbon intensity and shifting of demand away from peak periods.