DoF - District of Future project

DoF - District of Future project


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Corby, Northamptonshire is in the centre of the UK and in the fastest growing part of the UK outside London. Its population of over 61,000 will double to over 100,000 by 2030. Electric Corby, a Community Interest Company, was formed by the public and private sectors to leverage this growth and establish the town s the UK’s community scale test bed for new sustainable ways of living, working and travelling

It was only a village of 1,500 in 1930 that was transformed by the steel industry in the 1930s into a new town. Devastation followed in the 1980’s with the closure of much of the steel industry. Corby demonstrated its courage and appetite for change in several successful reinventions. It now has a higher than average manufacturing activity with steelworks still a major employer - but now based on high quality precision tube engineering, part of the region’s world-leading high performance engineering industry

Today major employers include Tata Steel, Fairline luxury boats, RS Components, Joules clothing, advanced engineering motor racing companies and the centre of the UK’s distribution and logistics industry

The latest successful regeneration of the last decade has brought:

       A new Olympic swimming pool

       The new award winning Cube cultural and civic centre

       The newest college in the UK

       A new Norman Foster designed Business Academy (school)

       The newest railway station in the UK

       The UK’s newest motor racing circuit, Rockingham

       And a new central retail centre

The Corby use case focuses on energy-consumption monitoring at a district level with a specific focus on new energy efficient homes, schools and commercial premises which consists:

  • Zero Energy Bill (ZEB) Houses – There are two types of ZEB homes to test their ability to  achieve a “zero cost energy bill” where the energy generation covers purchased energy. The electricity consumption is significantly lower due to enhancements in the energy efficiency of the houses. All 8 houses have traditional gas boilers, however 4  of the houses use an underfloor heating system with fan assisted radiators, whilst the other 4 houses operate conventionally with standard gas heated radiators in each room. The houses also contain: 
  1. Solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, both compounded into one hybrid solar panel (PVT).
  2. Home energy automation control (including monitoring meters for data feeds).
  3. Building fabric upgrades – improved insulation and air tightness of the building.
  • There are also 2 standard “control homes” without the ZEB energy efficiency features to provide a baseline for monitoring.
  • Oakley Vale Primary SchoolA primary school which houses a biomass boiler fed with locally produced woodchip supported by a small Solar Thermal unit on the boiler room roof, and a larger PV array on the main school roof.
  • Corby Business Academy The site is a secondary school which has 3x gas boilers providing space heating via an underfloor heat distribution system, and two gas fired water heaters. The site also contains an automated window actuator system, and passive infrared lighting - all of which is monitored and controlled from an onsite BMS system. 
  • Corby Enterprise Centre A public sector run building which houses 50 offices. It utilises a dual fuel B100 gas and oil boiler and a small Solar Thermal array on the roof.

 Data provision:

  • Installation of monitoring equipment in all above buildings and data feed to the Electric Corby CleanTech Hub for onward transmission to the project
  • Contract with building owners (and if necessary the energy supplier) to secure legal permission to utilise energy data for the research project.

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Projects & Scenarios

District of Future Partners more infomation

  •  Telefonica 
  • - Edenway 
  • - everis 
  • - IDP engineering • environment • architecture 
  • - VTT 
  • - Dalkia 
  • - Electric Corby CIC 
  • - Ville d\'Orleans 
  • - Sabadell 
  • - University of Cardiff 
Jose Manuel Hernandez
Project Details
Starting date:
36 months
Total Cost:
6.242.551 €
EU Grant:
3.801.732 €