Information request for research on smart heating controls by the Department of Energy and Climate Change

Information request for research on smart heating controls by the Department of Energy and Climate Change

DECC is seeking to strengthen its understanding of how heating controls which are currently available on the market relate to energy consumption and to identify whether there is a need for improvements around current designs to enable significant energy savings.

Reference number: 28/02/2013

Deadline date:15/03/2013

This deadline is for… 12 noon

Contract value:£0 – £0

Location where the contract is to be carried out: London

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

 

Description of the contract

DECC is seeking to strengthen its understanding of how heating controls which are currently available on the market relate to energy consumption and to identify whether there is a need for improvements around current designs to enable significant energy savings. Domestic buildings account for about a third of final energy use in the UK. Space heating is responsible for about 60% of domestic energy consumption and heating hot water accounts for about another 15%: a quarter of total UK energy consumption. Carbon budgets commit the UK to reduce the CO2 this emits by at least 80% by 2050. Over 95% of homes have a boiler. Of these, 800,000 have no controls at all, almost 8 million have no room thermostat and over 70% lack the minimum levels of controls in the 2010 building regulations. Industry estimate that installing standard controls could reduce domestic energy used for heating and hot water by 30%: ensuring all homes had a timer, room thermostat and TRVs would reduce UK CO2 emissions 4.3Mt/year by 2020, just under 1% of annual emissions. However, there is currently no robust evidence that standard heating controls reduce heating demand.

 

Classification of the contract

73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services

 

Additional information

Who to contact

Contact name Alex Jack

Organisation name Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Address Area 2A, 3, Whitehall Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1A 2AW

Telephone 0300 068 6999

Extension number:

Fax

Web address www.decc.gov.uk

 

How to apply

Please send responses to alex.jack@decc.gsi.gov.uk by close of business March 15th 2013