Chapter 3: Thermal Design and Energy Conservation



Hockerton Housing Project was designed as the first zero energy residential site in the UK, reducing life cycle energy to a minimum. Space heating relies on heat from solar gain and gains from occupation. The heat is stored in the thermal mass of the buildings (principally the concrete and blockwork) and released when the air temperature drops below that of the building fabric. This factsheet sets out the calculations used to predict energy use, and reports on the performance and comfort of the homes.


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