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Communal Improvements: Energy Efficiency in Tenements in Scotland
In 2013, Consumer Focus Scotland published research carried out by Changeworks on improving energy efficiency in Scottish tenements. The report explores the barriers faced by owners and residents with this aim and looked at appropriate solutions in four different types of tenements and flats. Read the report.
Greening the skyline: The challenges and opportunities of tower block retrofit
UK charity and independent think tank Green Alliance published research exploring the conditions required to carry out a successful tower block retrofit. The report examines the findings of a number of stakeholder interviews and draws on past experience to determine what five principles make for a positive outcome.
High Rise Hope Revisited
London School of Economics Housing and Communities’ report High Rise Hope Revisited reviews the social implications of a large scale retrofit project which saw energy efficiency measures installed in 754 dwellings across three high rise and several low rise blocks. The report’s findings emphasise the importance of resident engagement and communication throughout the retrofit process.
A guide to energy efficiency in tenements
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. Tenements are a common type of apartment building in Scotland, constructed during the 19th and 20th centuries. The stone built tenements are classed as ‘hard-to-treat’ as they are not suitable for some standard energy efficiency measures; however, there is considerable scope for cost effective improvements.
French toolkit for apartments
Best-practice guides for traditional homes
Changeworks demonstrated how to improve the energy efficiency of older and historic apartments (known as ‘tenements’ in Scotland) through its Energy Heritage project. The pilot project illustrated how such buildings can be made energy efficient without compromising their appearance or original fabric. Another project, Renewable Heritage, installed solar hot water panels onto the block which is listed, within a conservation area and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The two guides are available to read: Energy Heritage and Renewable Heritage.
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