Research and Guidance

 The GHA runs a series of research and guidance projects, in partnership with leading academics, industry practitioners, and policy makers. Current and recent projects are listed below.



Performance Monitoring

Phase 1, Fabric testing - Provision of technical support for GHA Developers in monitoring the fabric performance of their dwellings. Phase 1A covers 4 dwellings on 3 sites, all using different build systems (e.g. SIPS panels or thin joint masonry) and built to different standards, including Code 4, Code 5 and Ecohomes Excellent. Phase 1B has extended this monitoring to cover 4 further dwellings, including Code 4, Code 5 and Passivhaus schemes, and built using timber frame, Hemcrete and other systems.

Phase 2, In-use monitoring and post occupancy evaluation – Extension of the above monitoring on each site, to measure energy and water consumption, indoor air quality, humidity and thermal comfort, and occupant feedback.

Funded by Department of Communities and Local Government, Energy Saving Trust and NHBC Foundation. See the attached report for the Phase 1 results. 


Ventilation and indoor air quality (VIAQ)

A project to identify good practice approaches to ventilation and low energy building design, that lead to good indoor air quality. The project gathered data from leading-edge projects that have recently been completed, covering whole house, mechanical extract, passive and natural ventilation solutions, and will examine common problems such as integrated design, installation, commissioning, and user behaviour.

Funded by the NHBC Foundation. See the attached report for initial findings.


Avoiding Overheating

The GHA is undertaking two pieces of work in this field:

1. An in depth study funded by the Technology Strategy Board into the potential for overheating in UK apartments, using the 'One Brighton' development as a case study.

2. An investigation, funded by DECC and the HCA, undertaken in partnership with the CIEH, into the scale of overheating in the UK, including common causes, and remediation techniques and costs.

Energy Monitoring
Research into approaches to energy monitoring, development of outline guidance (and membership requirements) for GHA Developer members and identification of further needs for support or assistance. Outputs included a short think paper on energy monitoring and a short briefing note for developers about how to undertake effective monitoring - see the GHA Members section of the library to download these documents.
Good Homes Case Studies
Collection of information and performance data about leading sustainable housing projects, and preparation of detailed case studies. Previous studies have included: 1) One Brighton by BioRegional Quintain 2) Bladon, Oxfordshire by Kingerlee Homes 3) Stawell by ECOS Homes.
See the attached case studies for further details.
Health, Social and Neighbourhood Aspects of Good Homes
The GHA has completed work on a scoping study, sponsored by RedTree LLP to explore the health, social and community aspects of Good Homes. The full project included a series of interviews, case studies & guidance notes, with the ultimate aim of developing membership criteria that GHA Developers will be required to adopt. This scoping study examined existing research and guidance, and collated GHA members' views on the key factors for a good neighbourhood. Please see the Library to download a copy.
Low Carbon Homes - LowCarb4Real
The GHA worked with Leeds Metropolitan University and UCL on a project sponsored by UrbanBuzz, to gather evidence and good practice about how to deliver low carbon homes. Drawing on detailed academic studies at Stamford Brook along with GHA member experience, the GHA disseminated and implement this learning by providing education and technical support to GHA Developer members and others. Please see CeBe at Leeds Met for more info. Also see attached case studies and in the Library.

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  1. JUL 06

    New Homes and Our Health

    The University of Sheffield, Lecture Theatre 6, The Arts Tower, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN

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    Passivhaus Workshop

    The National Self Build & Renovation Centre, Swindon, SN5 8UB

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    Site visit: Lovedon Fields

    Lovedon Fields, Kings Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7NJ.

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