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Competition aims to improve energy monitoring of council homes

29/03/19

UKA Correspondent

A competition has been launched to support two Yorkshire councils in monitoring the environmental condition of their public housing.

Tower blocks of flats

Innovation agency Innovate UK has made £1.25 million available for projects to assist Leeds City Council and City of York Council in improving their domestic heat and energy monitoring. The money is being by provided by the GovTech Catalyst.

The competition is aimed at developing non-intrusive methods of monitoring that must suit the different types of homes managed by the two councils, including tower blocks.

Innovate UK said the projects have to include reporting and predictive modelling, help to improve tenants’ wellbeing, and enable them to make environmental and lifestyle changes.

The competition, which is open for entries until 8 May, comes in two phases. The first is likely to involve the award of five contracts, sharing £250,000, for a three-month research and development effort.

The second will provide up to £500,000 each to two applications to develop a prototype and begin field testing.

Image: Clyde Grange flats, Leeds, by mtaylor848, CC BY SA 3.0 through Wikipedia

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