Cutting Carbon Emissions

Background

The UK Government has set itself an ambitious target to cut its carbon emissions (CO2) by 60% by the year 2050. With housing emissions making up 27% of the UK’s CO2 emissions, addressing energy efficiency in the home is crucial. Further to this commitment, the Scottish Government has set itself the target to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016.

To this end, several schemes have been launched by Local Authorities targeting fuel-poor areas. These schemes aim to provide energy efficiency measures and deliver emission savings, so helping to reduce fuel poverty throughout Local Authorities housing stocks.

What we did

We have and are currently working on contracts to provide energy efficiency measures to reduce heat loss in line with reducing fuel poverty and carbon emissions. Typical measures include:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • External Wall Insulation
  • Internal Wall Insulation
  • Insulated Render
  • Loft insulation
  • Draught proofing
  • Double glazing
  • Gas condensing boiler/gas combi condensing boilers
  • Oil condensing boiler/oil combi condensing boilers
  • Ground and Air source heat pumpst
  • Biomass boilers
  • Solar water heating panels
  • Solar photovoltaic panels
  • Micro wind turbines
  • Low energy light bulbs

One common challenge has been to ensure that these measures are carried out with minimal disruption to the tenants or occupiers. Where contracts require close proximity between the works and the tenants, it’s our practice to appoint a dedicated Tenant Liaison Officer, available 24/7, to ensure that tenants have support and access to information about the works being carried out at their property.

In conjunction with our partners, we also hold regular face-to-face meetings with tenants in groups at events in local halls or housing association offices, or in their own homes.

The results 

We have worked in partnership with many Local Authorities and Housing Associations to achieve Carbon Savings of 49,248 tons in 2014, through the installation of a range of Energy Efficient measures. The effectiveness of these modifications to the different types of housing stock, their impacts on the behaviour of residents and the impacts on fuel poverty can now be monitored and analysed throughout to understand the levels of energy efficiency improvements created. 

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