Design School


Improving domestic heating controls

Group: User-Centred Design

Project: Digital Energy Feedback and Control Technology Optimisation (DEFACTO)

6 years 2012 - 2018


Dr Victoria Haines


DEFACTO is a six year project examining how the use of digital heating control and feedback technologies enable reduction and management of energy use.  There is an increase in new heating controls on the market but very little research to show how much energy these devices and systems might save, if any, and in which households they might work best.

The project is engaging with a cohort of circa 180 homes in the Midlands area, collecting both qualitative and quantitative data over several years to understand how people interact with their heating systems and whether new technology reduces energy consumption. 

Contact Dr Vicky Haines for more information.