A Review on House Design with Energy Saving System in the UK

Y Xie, M Gilmour, Y Yuan, H Jin, Hongwei Wu

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As part of EU incentives, the UK government have set ambitious environmental targets relating to energy consumption including a reduction of carbon emissions of 80% by 2050. The use of various technologies can help meet these targets as well as providing a secure energy source for the UK in the future. This research took the UK as a case study and investigated where reduction measures are most suited to reduce energy consumption. This paper presents a review on the current state-of-the-art on the domestic technology available, in particular solar energy, heat pumps, phase changing materials (PCMs) and micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP) systems, aiming at identifying research and development opportunities for energy saving in these fields. Furthermore, the financial as well as environmental aspects are assessed as these are the two key considerations of typical household. A typical UK house design, including the floor plan, is created through the use of computer aided design (CAD) software. The house design gives a payback period between 8.7 years at best and 11.6 years at worst.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-52
Number of pages24
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Early online date10 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • energy consumption
  • solar energy
  • heat pump
  • phase change material
  • combined heat and power


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