Build Test Solutions Pledges to Support Friends of Energy House 2.0

We are proud to announce that Build Test Solutions (BTS) has joined the University of Salford’s Friends of Energy House 2.0, a community of like-minded industry partners who are committed to fighting the climate emergency.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face as a society at the present time. Friends of Energy House 2.0 is an initiative and Impact Fund which will help to drive the world-leading research of Energy House 2.0, a £16 million test and research facility, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), due to open at the University of Salford campus this autumn.

Energy House 2.0 outside

To become a Friend, we have donated to the Friends of Energy House 2.0 Impact Fund which will focus on driving the activity of the new facility and enhancing the social impact by funding:

  • A STEM PhD Studentship
  • Educational Outreach Programmes
  • Student & Local Community Initiatives

The STEM PhD Studentship will cover the tuition fees for a PhD researcher to work at the Energy House Labs alongside the renowned academic team.

Applications for Educational Outreach Programmes and Student & Local Community Initiatives which focus on climate change, energy efficiency, and sustainability are now open and applicants are invited to apply for funding.

Friends of Energy House 2.0 also has the support of Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, who said:

The mission behind this network is to join forces in raising the profile, amplifying the activity, and enhancing the impact of Energy House 2.0.

View Andy Burnham’s introduction to Friends of Energy House 2.0

BTS’ Managing Director, Luke Smith said:

We are excited to be able to work alongside and collaborate with Friends of Energy House. After all, it is in all our interests to drive initiatives forward that are going to help us tackle the climate emergency. To reach goals like net-zero in the building sector, we need to assess energy performance to understand how a building is functioning in terms of the fabric, systems and usability. Here at Build Test Solutions, we identify three key areas where we believe measurement is most critical in ensuring the delivery of long-term increased energy performance: whole building heat loss, air leakage testing, and U-value measurement.

Luke concludes:

Together, our tools provide a measurement of the actual performance of the building which can be compared directly against the predicted performance parameters set out in energy models such as SAP, the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP), iSBEM and others.

About Energy House 2.0

Energy House 2.0 is a unique facility at the University of Salford that can replicate over 95% of the world’s climatic conditions.

It is the largest test and research facility of its type and contains two environmental chambers each able to accommodate two detached houses. Under controlled conditions, the facility can recreate a wide variety of weather conditions with temperatures ranging between -20˚C to +40˚C and simulate wind, rain, snow and solar radiation all year round.

The research at Energy House 2.0 will play a key role in accelerating the progress toward low carbon and net-zero housing design and builds upon the success of the original Energy House Laboratory, which was opened in 2012.

Inside one of the chambers at the Energy House 2.0


Luke Smith

Luke Smith

Managing Director