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Energy Saving in Systems as opposed to Products - EV0707

Historically, policies and standards have focused on improving the efficiency of individual products and generally these have been cost-effective in reducing emissions and associated energy bills. However as standards improve, scope for further improvement diminishes as product efficiencies approach theoretical limits.

Further energy reduction may be realised by considering how products combine to deliver any given service. For example a gas boiler’s efficiency may be improved by 7 or 8%, but the scope for improving an entire heating system’s efficiency could exceed 40%. By shifting the focus from individual product to final service efficiency, new technical solutions for improvement can emerge. Indeed many alternative products combine to deliver specific services, and these combinations present opportunities to address the efficiency of entire systems
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Systems V Products   (603k)
• OTH - Other : Systems V Products Practitioners Guide   (108k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2011

Cost: £43,616
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Building Research Establishment Ltd