As winter approaches, concern about fuel poverty is ever-present – at least if you are one of the 2.3 million households in the UK still at risk. There are many ways to address fuel poverty, but energy efficiency improvements remain the best, most sustainable way to reduce energy bills whilst keeping homes warm and healthy.
The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) funded the retrofit of over 100 homes across the UK, with an ambition of achieving an 80% reduction in the in-use CO2 emissions of each property. The properties were then monitored over a year. Sustainable Homes are not aware of any other project going to such detail on retrofitting homes. The findings of the latest report provide a blue print for the future of retrofitting in the UK.
Many people are assessing how they can most cost-effectively reduce fuel poverty. If residents have lower energy bills they are better able to pay their rent and/ or other essential items. There are a variety of ways of doing this – behaviour change and improving properties being the main two.
A carbon and fuel poverty tool has gained funding to integrate real time monitoring. The funding, announced last week, will significantly help landlords understand the homes they manage and resident energy bills.
Blog written by Richard Griffiths, Development Manager, Parity Project.
Before any landlord embarks on a retrofit programme, the very first step should always be for them to make sure that they fully understand the current state of their stock, and how installing energy saving and generating measures can improve it. Without doing so, they risk delivering over-expensive and under-performing programmes, and can be left at the mercy of better-informed energy companies and contractors.
Sustainable Homes has been undertaking Carbon Reduction Options for Housing Managers (CROHM) assessments across the country for Housing Associations, Councils and ALMOs. This service, provided in partnership with Parity Projects, the award-wining retrofit consultancy has allowed clients to better understand thier stock amongst other benefits. Looking at all the housing providers who have had their stock assessed, what does it tell us about the state of the sector’s stock, if anything?