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This paper describes a research project, the purpose of which was to investigate the ability of a group of conventional heating systems to meet a variety of heating regimes and the overall efficiency achieved, with a view to introducing innovations in control and heat storage to improve their performance. The project was carried out by An Foras Forbartha with financial assistance from the Commission of the European Communities, within the frame work of their energy R & D programme, and from the Department of Industry and Energy. A pair of adjacent identical semi-detached houses were fitted with instrumentation for monitoring internal conditions and energy consumptions, and for simulating occupancy. A weather monitoring station was also installed at the site. The data logging and control functions were performed by a microcomputer. One of the house was designated as the test house in which the heating systems to be tested were installed while the other house acted as a control. Initially, both houses were heated by electrically heated oil filled radiators and a statistical relationship between the energy consumption of the test and control house was derived. This relationship was then used to predict the energy consumption of the test house and compared to the energy consumption of the heating systems under test. The heating systems tested were a solid fuel open fire with back boiler, a solid fuel independent stove, an oil fired boiler and a gas fired boiler.

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Bibliographic Reference: CIB CONGRESS 1983, GAVLE (SWEDEN), AUG. 15-19, 1983, WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 30944 ORA
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