Earth Notes: PhD Research Plan Sketch (2024)

Updated 2024-01-17.
An outline plan for research into optimising UK domestic wet heating system retrofit. #PhD #heating #research



A sketch research plan in early 2024, with the aim of supporting my confirmation viva and the next seven years' work on making UK home heat retrofit work as well as possible.

My colleague Uche a structure:

Current Topics of Interest

This includes possible 'further work' arising from research already done.

  1. Extend domestic TRV / heat-pump / temperature-regulation interaction investigation [hart-davis2023waste] to high-fidelity models and/or physical housing stock.
  2. Investigate and catalogue domestic heat-pump temperature regulation schemes in use and as recommended/regulated across northern Europe, possibly with a view to optimising regulation/advice for installers and occupiers.
  3. Heat-pump retrofits — must fabric improvements happen first or at all (eg [govUK2024historic]), and if not, how should outcomes be optimised?
  4. Improving agency and understanding for users of heat pumps to end up with cheaper more comfortable homes — controls that work!
  5. Developing visualisation and sonification schemes to improve heat-pump user understanding and agency.

Plan Sketch

Research design/plan

Research objectives

Practical outcomes: work for robust reasonable maximum carbon emission savings at a reasonable price. Not necessarily a 'perfect' engineering solution.

Includes disseminating findings to academia, practitioners, end-users.


Data gathering

Data analysis




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