The Centre of Sustainable Technologies (CST) based at the University of Ulster (UU) is an inter-disciplinary research centre challenging many aspects of sustainability associated with the built environment.

Typically consisting of over 30 academics and researchers, it seeks to undertake ground-breaking activities in such areas as architecture, building energy efficiency, clean combustion, construction, highways engineering, sustainability, renewable energy and river hydraulics. While all these areas are critically important to a rapidly changing built environment reacting to climate change, the dominant research activity in terms of income and activity is energy. For renewable energy systems CST is currently focused on: energy storage, development of solar energy conversion systems, computer modelling of renewable energy systems, the development of biomass and bioenergy systems including gasification and bio-oil concepts. CST has extensive laboratory and computer simulation facilities available for numerical and experimental analysis of energy systems.

“Terrace Street” was devised to allow the development of a refurbishment strategy that can demonstrate to all stakeholders the potential pathways and intended and unintended consequences of retrofitting a challenging housing type. “Terrace Street” consists of two solid wall dwellings originally built in Belfast in 1900. Pre- 1919 solid wall types represent some 14% of Northern Ireland’s housing stock and therefore represent the greatest challenge in terms of retrofit. Such a retrofit is common practice among registered social landlords (RSL’s) who typically operate a large portion of the 8 million of this type of stock across the UK. Each room is each home has temperature humidity and occupation sensors, coupled with the monitoring of all electrical supplies, water usage and or course, heat. This supported can considerable data acquisition equipment, thermal comfort testing mannequin and laboratories or developing an analysing the performance of solar energy, heat pumps, bioenergy and energy storage technologies.

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