Community energy is a crucial element in the refurbishment of housing, says report based on research by the Carbon Co-op. Retrofit Fact-file is a summary of facts and publications relevant to retrofit – the upgrading of existing homes to new energy-efficient standards – and draws on the Manchester community energy co-op’s practical work in this area. The report, drawn up by urban design and sustainability co-op URBED, showed that energy-efficient retrofits may help tackle environmental and social issues while attracting investment and creating jobs. The issue is an important one, with housing accounting for 29% of final energy consumptionand links between cold housing and poor health. The report confirmed the findings of the Community Green Deal project, which saw the Carbon Co-op organise energy-efficient retrofits. Local owner occupiers benefited from multiple whole-house retrofit measures, such as external wall insulation, triple-glazed windows and solar panels. Energy-efficient retrofits have ambitious carbon emission reduction targets, with the report estimating that Carbon Co-op homes save an average £900 a year on their bills and cut gas use by nearly half.
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COUNCILS have been given £9 million to pilot new ways to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses. The Scottish Government funding will be shared among 11 local authorities with particularly high levels of fuel poverty. Communities Secretary Angela Constance announced the awards on a visit to West Lothian, where she was shown how energy efficiency measures funded by the Government are already working. She said: “The Scottish Government will continue to prioritise tackling fuel poverty and remains committed to helping those most in need. “These Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (Seep) pilot projects will build on our existing support for households and also improve the energy efficiency of community centres, charities, businesses and commercial properties. Tackling fuel poverty is a priority for us but we need to be creative if we want to make a real, lasting difference.
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