The project aims were to research, develop and communicate an integrated practical delivery approach to community-scale sustainable energy retrofit of homes.
Running from January 2012 to December 2014, Countdown to Low Carbon homes was an action research project. The project aims were to research, develop and communicate an integrated practical delivery approach to community-scale sustainable energy retrofit of homes, focusing on delivery by small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
By exploring the whole ‘retrofit journey’ from planning stage to implementation and post installation energy use, the Countdown to Low Carbon Homes project aimed to find ways to make domestic retrofit easier and more mainstream, in ways that benefit local businesses. To do this, the project partners worked with households, installers and other key decision makers involved in domestic retrofit in their communities to gather evidence on the situation at a local level.

Resources needed

The project was funded under the Sustainable Renovation theme, addressing the challenge of sustainable renovation of the existing built environment, and providing opportunities for industries, research, academic and other organisations to take part in multilateral cooperation in this field.

Evidence of success

There are three outputs from this project:
o a research report which captures the work with households, installers and other key actors at local level
o a set of case studies charting the journeys of households in Cyprus, Greece and the UK that made energy improvements to their homes
o a guidance toolkit for community scale delivery of home energy improvements


Difficulties encountered

A key challenge was locating and working with the householders. There was not any additional funding for the householders through the scheme, and as such they gave their time and information freely without a key incentive.

Potential for learning or transfer

For organisations looking to set up a project to deliver retrofit projects: the research report and guide provides information. It isn’t a comprehensive guide but should be a useful starting point. Each section in the guide provides information on barriers that could hamper the setup of a project. The research report and guide were written with the experience from three countries, but there could be additional/different barriers in other countries.
Project
Main institution
Severn Wye Energy Agency
Location
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area, United Kingdom
Start Date
June 2012
End Date
March 2014

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