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Reall Eco-Village

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The £10m REALL Eco-village is a multi phase development that seeks to become a standard test facility for the study of construction, technology and occupant behaviour. The first phase of the village is 10 eco-homes that are designed to match industry requirements and future building regulations of 2013 and net zero regulated carbon emissions of 2016. The research aims of the frist phase is to understand energy use and behaviour related to homes with varying thermal mass, ventilation strategy and advanced renewable and low carbon technologies. The second and third phases of 50 homes will be developed with an industry development partne r. The homes will be occupied by post graduate students with a population of 20 students for first phase and a total for all phases of 140 students. Students will be screened in collaboration with Social Science department of HWU and Dr Eddie Edgerton of UWS to create a controlled population measured against the Scottish Energy Attitude Survey. The project is therefore considered relevant to all three sub-thems of the conference: geographic scale-Neighbourhood; Design-Eco-homes and place making; Implementation-Objective and Subjective Post Occupancy Evaluation of occupants and eco-homes at 3 year cycles. The eco-village will be designed to standard industry life span of 60 years, and therefore this project is set become Scotlands main test facility for the study of domestic occupant behaviour, construction, technology, energy use and carbon emissions, and low carbon design and construction skills for the 21st Century. Early project supporters/partners include: Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Buildings Standards, Edinburgh Climate Change centre, UK Green Building Council, Scottish Water, Mitsubishi Electric, IES VE, ISLI, Alba Sciences, and 7 other Scottish Universities outlined below. However, we are targeting a number of other partners across UK house building and construction industry including: Skanska, Wates, Keir, Stewart Milne, Himin Solar, Dakin, Siemens to name a few and including a number of Scottish SMEs. The REALL high level project aims address 1, 2, 3,4 workstreams: • Undertake first class scientific research in a unique demonstration project that incorporates a) building construction; b) technologies and c) behaviours in system optimisation research. • Provide evidence on which investment decisions on building form, construction and technologies combinations can be made for low carbon housing for a wide range of stakeholders including policy and decision makers, architects, developers, house owners and product retailers. • Validate theoretical performance assumptions and models in a living laboratory, providing behavioural bandwidths for building / technology combinations. • Build and model REALL as a climate change adaptation test bed investigating comfort and health implications of different constructions and technologies in extreme current and future climates Research Partners Strathclyde University- Stirling Howieson, Indoor Air QualityUniversity of West of Scotland- Dr Eddie Edgerton, Occupant BehaviourMacintosh School of Architecture- Dr Tim Sharpe, Energy Use and Occupant BehaviourGlasgow Caledonian University- Dr Keith Baker, Energy use and occupant behaviourUniversity of Dundee- Low Carbon Domestic BuildingsAbertay University-Dr David Blackwood, Virtual Modelling of occupant behaviourEdinburgh University- Dr John Lee, Behavioural Modelling, ESALA and School of Infomatics

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