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Bellway Homes "The Future Home" Baseline Performance Report

Fitton, Richard; Diaz, Heidi; Farmer, David; Henshaw, Grant; Sitmalidis, Anestis; Swan, William

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Heidi Diaz

Anestis Sitmalidis


This report examines the fabric thermal performance of a prototype home (The Future Home, or TFH) built by Bellway Homes. The home was designed and built to meet the anticipated Future Homes Standard in terms of fabric performance. The research was carried out under controlled conditions at the Energy House 2.0 facility at the University of Salford (UK). The aim of the research was to characterise the building and identify any gaps between the design values and the actual performance.

The researchers examined the whole house heat loss, measured U-values, and the airtightness characteristics of the home. The overall fabric heat loss of TFH was 7.7% worse than the SAP design model predicted, a significant contribution to this underperformance was the measured air permeability of TFH, which was found to be worse 61% than the design. However when this whole house heat loss is compared to other studies on new build homes then this is considered to be well performing.


Fitton, R., Diaz, H., Farmer, D., Henshaw, G., Sitmalidis, A., & Swan, W. (2024). Bellway Homes "The Future Home" Baseline Performance Report. Salford: ERDF & Innovate UK

Report Type Technical Report
Online Publication Date Jan 9, 2024
Publication Date Jan 9, 2024
Deposit Date Jan 2, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jan 12, 2024
Keywords Future Homes Standard, Building Performance, Building Physics, New Build Housing


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