As part of the Swaffham Prior Heat Network project, we collect data in the village to measure the project impact.
Live energy data
Heating requirements vary greatly throughout the UK, due to variations in the climate and types of housing. Before planning the heat network for Swaffham Prior, we conducted research to understand the 'heat demand'. 'Heat demand' is how much heat the village uses today. Our research included reviewing:
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings
- How much oil homes used for heating today
- Installing of heat meters in some select homes
Heat meters were installed in four typical house types located in Swaffham Prior:
1700s detached house, five bedrooms
A two storey, detached property which has no current Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. If you live in a larger, listed property in the village – your energy usage may be similar.
1900s detached house, three bedrooms
A two storey, three bedroom detached property. The building has an internal area of around 140m2. The heat meter has recently been installed, so not all data fields are available yet.
1960s terraced house, three bedrooms
A two storey, three bedroom semi-detached property which has an EPC rating of 49 (B and E). The building has an internal area of 50-99m2. There are a lot of similar properties to this house throughout the village, so it may provide a good comparison to your home.
1990s detached house, five bedrooms
This modern two storey, five bedroom detached property is around 140m2.
The Swaffham Prior Heat Network substantially reduces the amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) released into the air locally. It is estimated that we will avoid 79,000 tonnes of CO2 over the project lifespan.
To understand the impact of the project, our contractor installed several pollution monitors in the village during spring 2020. The monitors can detect a range of pollutive particles including Carbon Dioxide and Nitrous Oxide. They provide a picture of pollution levels in the village before and after the energy centre becomes operational.