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Aragon, V, Gauthier, S, Warren, P, James, P A B and Anderson, B (2019) Developing English domestic occupancy profiles. Building Research & Information, 47(04), 375–93.

Chew, M Y L, Conejos, S and Azril, F H B (2019) Design for maintainability of high-rise vertical green facades. Building Research & Information, 47(04), 453–67.

de Wilde, M and Spaargaren, G (2019) Designing trust: how strategic intermediaries choreograph homeowners’ low-carbon retrofit experience. Building Research & Information, 47(04), 362–74.

Engelen, L, Chau, J, Young, S, Mackey, M, Jeyapalan, D and Bauman, A (2019) Is activity-based working impacting health, work performance and perceptions? A systematic review. Building Research & Information, 47(04), 468–79.

Gormley, M and Kelly, D A (2019) Pressure transient suppression in drainage systems of tall buildings. Building Research & Information, 47(04), 421–36.

Jeon, J, Lee, J and Ham, Y (2019) Quantifying the impact of building envelope condition on energy use. Building Research & Information, 47(04), 404–20.

Kurth, M H, Keenan, J M, Sasani, M and Linkov, I (2019) Defining resilience for the US building industry. Building Research & Information, 47(04), 480–92.

Meir, I A, Schwartz, M, Davara, Y and Garb, Y (2019) A window of one’s own: a public office post-occupancy evaluation. Building Research & Information, 47(04), 437–52.

Sweetnam, T, Fell, M, Oikonomou, E and Oreszczyn, T (2019) Domestic demand-side response with heat pumps: controls and tariffs. Building Research & Information, 47(04), 344–61.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: air-source heat pumps; control systems; demand shifting; demand-side response; energy storage; heating; load shifting; occupant satisfaction; price signal; usability;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2018.1442775
  • Abstract:
    Electric heat pumps feature prominently in projected energy transitions in the UK and elsewhere. Owing to their high electricity consumption, heat pumps are viewed as important targets for demand-side response (DSR). Findings are presented from a field trial of a new control system that aims to optimize heat pump performance, including under time-varying tariff conditions. The trial involved monitoring 76 properties with heat pumps, but without dedicated heat storage; 31 of these received the control system. Interviews were conducted with a subsample of 12 participants. The controller successfully evened out electricity demand over the day (reducing the evening peak), but this was associated with increased late night and daytime temperatures. Interview participants reported some disturbance owing to overnight heating and noise, as well as usability issues with the controller interface and hardware. These issues present risks to the future acceptability of such systems. While the system delivered short-term demand reductions successfully, longer-term demand shifting risked causing unacceptable disturbance to occupants. Future control systems could overcome some of the issues identified in this pioneering trial through more effective zoning, using temperature caps or installing dedicated heat storage, but these may either limit the available flexibility or be challenging to achieve.

Sweetnam, T, Spataru, C, Barrett, M and Carter, E (2019) Domestic demand-side response on district heating networks. Building Research & Information, 47(04), 330–43.

Tjørring, L and Gausset, Q (2019) Drivers for retrofit: a sociocultural approach to houses and inhabitants. Building Research & Information, 47(04), 394–403.