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English Heritage: Research

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the aims of the Hearth and Home research project by English Heritage are; and if he will make a statement. (199367)

English Heritage's Hearth and Home research project aims to compare the predictions from models with the actual performance of traditionally constructed homes in order to challenge the assertion that such buildings are inherently energy inefficient. The project will monitor the energy usage of a group of occupied Victorian terraced homes to work out best practice in measuring energy efficiency, to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of energy-saving options, and ultimately to provide guidance on measures to reduce domestic fuel usage and carbon emissions.