The clubhouses are village centres that are run mainly by voluntary workers. The projects have helped these communities improve their buidlings and save energy.
The clubhouses are village centres that are run mainly by voluntary workers. Because most of the buildings were built in the early 1900s, they are usually heated by oil or electricity and aren’t very energy efficient. Heating needs vary greatly depending on the level of use of the buildings. Rising energy prices are creating a challenge for communities to keep the clubhouses operational.
An energy expert from Thermopolis visited these houses and helped the communities come up with a plan to improve their energy efficiency and switch to renewables. Individual reports were made for each building and user behaviour instructions were included. In addition, communities were advised on possible investments and improvements. Such as replacing an old oil boiler with a ground sourced heat pump. Many of the recommendations have been realized.
The main stakeholders involved in this project are the village communities from the operational area of LAG Kuudestaan and Thermopolis Ltd. The main beneficiaries are the communities. This project is a step towards sustainable communities.
This practice is funded by the Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland in the through LAG Kuudestaan. Total cost estimation is 83 826,00 €, (EAFRD 34%, the Finnish government 30%, LAG Kuudestaan 16% and private funding 20%).
Evidence of success
The project has produced individual energy mapping reports for several community clubhouse buildings with suggestions on improving energy efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions and behavioural changes for building users. Many of these suggestions have been or will be realised. This has led to the decreasing of operational costs and thus increased the vitality of these community clubhouses.
The execution of this project has required co-operation between professionals of different fields, and the activation of the communities. Resources were limited.
Potential for learning or transfer
Similar projects have already been completed in other Leader group regions in South Ostrobothnia by Thermopolis. The idea could easily be adopted to other regions for the benefit of countryside communities. Key success factors have been the individual reports for each building and the activity of local communities. With a focused direction the communities can direct their small renovation funds to the most efficient changes.
By mapping the conditions of the buildings and their energy usage, it was possible to improve user behaviour in relation to heating for example. By energy mapping it is possible to identify where energy is consumed and why. Making reductions in energy consumption possible. This project is one step towards climate change mitigation and reaching expectations of the European climate strategy.