The launch of Home Performance Labelling (HPL) research project was held at the NLA on Monday 29th January, where we heard from a fantastic line up of speakers including Aled Thomas of Climate-KIC, Professor Peter Childs, Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London and HTA’s Rory Bergin. The topics covered ranged from setting HPL in the context of city-scale urban transitions, the opportunity from the perspective of innovation in academia and how HPL, as a concept, has developed as well as what we aim to achieve in this stage of the project. Lone Feifer of Velux, Jeff Maxted of BLP and Stephen Hurford of Hurford Salvi Carr also gave their unique industry perspectives on the need for better information for buyer, renters and landlords and how a HPL tool can help.
The six-month research project, led by Imperial College London with HTA Design and funded by Climate-KIC, will test whether there is a business opportunity for a reliable and robust home performance on-line tool, which focuses on housing quality measures and other attributes, including sustainability, amenity and costs. The project aims to assess the business case for a performance tool, through focus groups and expert interviews, by getting feedback on the idea and how to implement it. The launch event was the first step in introducing the research project and collecting feedback from the audience.
We would like to thank BLP for kindly sponsoring the event.