Student Lucy's fuel poverty research gets a helping hand

BSc (Hons) Product Design final year student, Lucy Woodhead, is undertaking a research project investigating ways of reducing fuel poverty and making heating solid-walled terraced houses more sustainable.

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Lucy Woodhead, left, is building a prototype for the District Heating Wall

BSc (Hons) Product Design final year student, Lucy Woodhead, is undertaking a research project investigating ways of reducing fuel poverty and making heating solid-walled terraced houses more sustainable.

Andrew Cardy, a lecturer and team leader in Bricklaying from Central College Nottingham's Construction department, has supported Lucy to bring her major study project to life. Lucy is building a prototype for the 'District Heating Wall' and Andrew constructed the wall which forms the basis of the product development work from bricks donated by John A. Stephens.

Andrew said: "Lucy originally contacted us enquiring if we had any bricklaying students who could benefit from being involved in the project. Unfortunately on this occasion it wasn't possible given the timescale, but I offered to help out as I thought the project was very worthwhile."

The District Heating Wall aims to reduce fuel poverty and make heating solid-walled terraced houses more sustainable. It does this by supplying otherwise individually heated solid-walled terraced houses with district heating and installing them within external wall insulation, in which the district heating pipes will span and enter each house.

Lucy said: "Insulation and pipes will be added to the wall Andrew has built, and the system can then be tested for heat loss. It should perform much better than existing solid-walled properties, where much heat is lost through the walls.

"Some feasibility research on this idea has been done at Heriot-Watt University, so it's great that with the work Andrew's doing we can bring this forward into a physical prototype."

Andrew said: "I hope Lucy's research goes to plan and this small project may lead to further collaboration in the future."

Student Lucy's fuel poverty research gets a helping hand

Published on 27 November 2014
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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