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Working with Coastline Housing

Working with Coastline Housing


Research and development can often provide the catalyst for companies to evolve and expand. In a collaboration that’s providing valuable input to the development of their business strategy, social housing provider Coastline Housing has linked with the Centre to understand how new building practices - such as improved insulation and energy efficiency - can affect occupant health.

As part of a European Social Fund PhD project, the team are working with the European Centre for Human Health experts in the built environment and health to help reduce the presence of damp in homes, and understand the health impacts of related factors like mould. This award winning enterprise-research partnership is at the cutting edge of built-environment research and has been expanded to include the ground breaking technology of Cornish company, Carnego Systems.

Collaborating with both Coastline Housing and the Centre’s researchers, Carnego are using their digital monitoring tools to collect real time data (such as temperature and humidity) on the indoor environment. The partnership is helping Carnego to develop a robust research approach for creating and testing new applications; an important step in developing their products and services.

This continually evolving project is uncovering new academic knowledge that will provide a competitive advantage to both companies, as well as feeding into regional and national policy.

Working with the Centre has been a refreshing and positive experience for us. The professionalism, level of knowledge and fresh approach this project has brought has captured everyone’s enthusiasm. High-quality research is critical to any future decisions we make, so its importance can’t be underestimated.”

Mark England, Head of Technical Services at Coastline Housing