Households needed for energy research

A Hills resident is looking for volunteers living in The Hills to participate in his research study on household energy conservation .

Krishna Munsami, a PhD student at the University of NSW, said there was mounting global research that building codes and practices were not delivering the intended target in conserving energy.

"The highest consumption of household energy presently is water heating followed by heating and cooling for thermal comfort in NSW," he said.

"The increased uptake of solar water heating would make domestic heating and cooling the highest consumer of household energy in the future."

Mr Munsami said the "building envelope" is the main contributor of thermal comfort.

"We can say that it is the third skin of the human race," he said.

"The natural skin being the first followed by clothing and then the comfort within your home being the building envelope.

"There are many attributes that relate to an energy-efficient building envelope, but the major emphasis is on insulation and glazing with poor consideration to other areas of the envelope.

"Recommendation by building codes and building professionals advising to tighten homes, the argument is how much do you tighten?

"There is no measurement in tightness practices and yet this is a very contentious topic as too tight will lead to serious health problems. If we cannot measure we cannot manage energy efficiency.

Mr Munsami is undertaking a research study using diagnostics in verifying the efficiency of the building envelope at the post occupation stage.

"The objective of the research is to verify the integrity of the building envelope for energy efficiency providing further knowledge to organisations and building professionals within the built environment," he said.

Those interested in participating in the research, contact Mr Munsami, 1300 722 305 or email testmyhouse@yahoo.com.

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