CSE completes development of the National Household Model

DECC’s new computer model of British households’ energy use.

13 May 2014

Programmers and researchers from CSE have been working on a major project with the Department of Energy and Climate Change. After 18 months and a lot of coffee, we’ve completed development of the National Household Model.

The NHM, as it’s fondly known, is a domestic energy policy modelling and analytical tool to cover the whole of Great Britain. It’s been developed to replace lots of separate models that DECC analysts were using for a wide range of purposes, with one single modern application.

The NHM incorporates a detailed representation of the physical characteristics of Great Britain’s housing stock (particularly those relating to energy efficiency), and the types of occupants living there. It allows users to model the impact of very complex policies on specified households at points in time, as well as to view characteristics of the housing stock, like energy demand or SAP rating. The NHM can model the impact of lots of factors on household energy use, from different weather conditions to fuel prices... And much more.

It’s currently being rolled out at DECC, and there are more developments in the pipeline, so look out for an update.

To read all about it, check out the project page here.

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