Traditional stone tenements are very common in urban areas of Scotland. These high-density, multi-occupancy buildings became popular in the 19th and 20th centuries as they offered a housing solution for the growing population. They are ‘hard-to-treat’ and are not suitable for some standard energy efficiency measures; however, there is considerable scope for cost effective improvements.
LEAF co-ordinator Changeworks has produced a series of factsheets to help people living in tenements save energy, save money and stay warm. The series, entitled ‘Your guide to energy efficiency in tenements’, was commissioned by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS), an independent charity offering free and impartial advice and information, following Changeworks’ research into energy efficiency in tenements in Scotland. This research highlighted a lack of easy-to-understand and accurate energy efficiency information related specifically to traditional tenements. The research was also one of the reasons Changeworks developed the LEAF project.
There are a series of seven factsheets which take householders through improvements they can make in their homes. They cover a range of topics such as lighting, insulation, heating and windows and provide advice on both quick and easy improvements, as well as higher cost improvements. Additional information includes possible sources of funding and how to go about finding an installer. It also raises the importance of considering communal improvements as explored through the LEAF project.
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