Energy House

 Energy House Laboratories. Shaping the future of energy.

Contact Details

Professor Will Swan

+44 (0)161 295 2585


Dr. Richard Fitton, MRICS

+44 (0)161 295 6804

The way UK energy is supplied and consumed is changing fast. Consumers and small businesses will soon be able to generate, store, share, buy and sell their energy as the government encourages the transition to a greener economy.

Through commercial and grant funded research, Energy House Laboratories helps businesses understand how effective their products and services are in lowering consumers’ carbon footprint and reducing energy bills.

Professor Will Swan and Dr. Richard Fitton, MRICS are the Energy House Laboratories management team.

Research facilities

Salford Energy House

More than 25% of all the energy used in the UK is used in our homes. Finding out how we can use this energy more effectively is critical in meeting the government’s energy saving targets.

This is why we built the Salford Energy House, the world’s first full sized, two bedroom, brick built terraced house constructed inside an environmentally controllable chamber.

Fully furnished and packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables, this unique facility allows rain, snow, wind and temperature to be specified to precise levels, enabling our research team and their industry partners to thoroughly test products designed to improve the energy efficiency of our homes.

Contact: David Farmer on +44 (0)779 036 8065 or

Thermal Measurement Laboratory

Whether it’s wall, floor, loft or roof insulation, an effectively insulated home loses less heat to the environment, leading to cheaper bills and a reduced carbon footprint.

To help meet the UK’s carbon reduction targets, building regulations and product standards for insulation materials are now stricter than ever, demanding sustainable and recycled products that offer enhanced thermal performance.

Our UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1660 and Construction Products Regulation UK Approved Laboratory No. 1145, established in 1981, is committed to excellent professional practice and offers expertise in all aspects of the thermal properties of building and insulation materials, energy conservation, regulation and test standards.

The laboratory operates a management system which meets both the technical competence and management system requirements of BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2017 that are necessary for the laboratory to constantly deliver technically valid, impartial test results within our accredited scope.

Contact: Dr Anthony Simpson on +44 (0)161 295 5172 or oIan Rattigan on +44 (0)161 295 3114 or

Smart Meters > Smart Homes

Smart meters technology is designed to help meet carbon reduction targets, put an end to estimated bills and help people save money. The smart meter sits at the heart of an increasingly complex smart home energy system made up of any combination of energy saving appliances, energy storage devices, electric vehicle chargers, smart speakers, sensors and wearable technology.

As the UK’s first smart meter research laboratory, our researchers help our commercial customers explore how their innovative products and services can get the best out of smart meters to help UK consumers use energy more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Contact: Dr Ioannis Paraskevas on +44 (0)161 295 0050 or

Energy House 2.0

Research conducted through the Salford Energy House over the last ten years has led to important changes in the way that UK housing becomes more energy efficient. Now imagine if we could replicate the environmental conditions experienced by housing stock and consumers throughout most of the world. This would give us the opportunity to work with international industry partners and help to solve some major global challenges.

Which is why we are excited to begin work on Energy House 2.0, our brand new, state-of-the-art buildings research facility. With support from the European Regional Development Fund and the Office for Students, construction begins in early 2020 with completion scheduled for spring 2021.

The new facility will have two environmental chambers able to regulate temperatures between -20C and 40C while also simulating weather conditions such as rain, wind, snow, and solar light. This will enable us to replicate the environmental conditions experienced by 95%of the global population and contribute significantly to the global development of energy efficient technologies for the built environment.

Contact: Richard Fitton on +44 (0)161 295 6801 or

Other ways we can help

Additional services

In addition to our laboratories, we have other areas of expertise to help us explore issues of energy consumption in buildings. These incorporate data collection from large scale field trials, building performance, using both established and novel methods, using this data to construct accurate models and simulations of buildings and data analytics to look at large data sets of building and energy performance. These teams work with partners across a range of commercial and grant funded projects, providing a comprehensive offer of energy and buildings expertise.