Low carbon housing project launched in Hull to decarbonise heat

The project will demonstrate a combined ventilation and air source heat pump technology in a residential home in Hull

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A low carbon housing project which aims to decarbonise households heating has been launched by the University of Hull and Hull City Council in the East Riding region of Yorkshire.

The project will demonstrate a combined ventilation and air source heat pump technology in a residential home – Hull City Council will provide the property for the university team to trial its low carbon heating technology.

Data on heating and energy use within the house will be monitored and recorded during a year, to fully analyse the project’s effectiveness and affordability.

If the pilot project is successful, the technology could be commercialised and rolled out to homes across Hull.

Professor Xudong Zhao, from the University of Hull’s Energy and Environment Institute, said: “This project will be the first time this technology, which we hope will become an exemplar for the decarbonisation of our homes, will be demonstrated at full scale.

“Addressing the issue of decarbonising heating in the home is urgent to meet the UK target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and Hull City Council’s ambitions to reach those same targets by 2030.

In the UK, the built environment contributes around 40% of the total carbon footprint while domestic heating accounts for 26% of the total.