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About the Energy House

This page sets out the features and construction of the Salford Energy House.

The Energy House is typical of a terraced house built in Salford in 1919.  Because it has been reconstructed in a fully environmentally controllable chamber it provides a unique testing facility for research. The house represents 21% of UK housing stock and was rebuilt using the traditional  methods  of the time, including lime mortar, and lathe and plaster ceilings. The house is classed as a hard to treat property in terms of energy efficiency due to the lack of cavity walls.

Unlike test houses built outdoors, conditions in the Energy House can be replicated time and time again whatever the weather is like outdoors.  There is also no need for users to wait until the weather conditions meet their requirements as rain, snow, wind and temperature can be specified  to high levels of accuracy.

The Salford Energy House provides a unique testing and development facility in which leading researchers can work collaboratively with industry to develop and test new technology and solutions to improve the energy efficiency of existing projects and processes. Click on each image to view in a large format. The left image is the front elevation and the one on the right is the side elevation.

front elevationside elevation

The Salford Energy House is an end of terrace property.  This was achieved by the construction of a one-third width full size property next to the Energy House. The conditioning void enables simulation of heat transfer between neighbouring properties.Ground floor layoutfirst floor layout

On the ground floor (left image) of the Energy House there is a living room and kitchen diner.  Two bedrooms and the bathroom are on the first floor.  Details of the original construction, many of which can be changed for tests, are shown below:

Solid Wall Construction

  • Bricks:  reclaimed handmade clay  
  • Wall thickness: 230mm  
  • Bond:   English garden wall bond  


  • Natural slate  
  • 100mm insulation  
  • Sarking felt  


  • Glass:  single glazed  
  • Frame: wooden sliding sash  


  • Floor:   suspended wooden floor  
  • Walls:   wet plaster on brick  
  • Ceiling: lath and plaster  

Electrical Systems

  • Traditional 240v ring main  
  • Voltage optimisation option  

Heating Systems

  • Gas fired combi condensing boiler band A rated  
  • Standard wet central heating system  
  • Standard wall mounted radiators  

Climate conditions available in the chamber

  • Temperature (-12ºC to +30ºC) with an accuracy of +/- 0.5ºC  
  • Rain equivalent to 200mm per hour  
  • Light wind