The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is investing £380,000 to investigate the performance gap of new dwellings.
Research work will be conducted by the Zero- Carbon Hub. The work is in addition to the £8 million building performance evaluation research programme being funded by the department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
The ZCH says that the project, known as ‘DvAB’ (Designed versus As-Built), will consider the construction process as a whole, from design and planning to testing and verification, gathering evidence of areas where an energy use performance gap could occur. The DCLG funding will be matched by contributions from industry.
Neil Jefferson, Chief Executive Zero-Carbon Hub, claimed that the work is fundamental to everything that the house-building industry is trying to achieve.
“We need to be able to demonstrate the improvements we are making; and if not, address those things that we know will make a difference,” he said.
Footnote: The coalition government has reaffirmed its commitment to regulate for zero-carbon homes from 2016. The pledge was made in the March 2013 Budget Statement.