This is the first major report for the Social Housing Energy Management project, as funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This project is based around insulating hard to treat prefabricated homes which are used for social housing, and monitoring in depth before and after to understand the levels of improvements created. The project also supports Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the North East of England, although this report focuses on the energy efficiency measures.
North East England has the second highest levels of fuel poverty in England. As a result, the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) formed a project consortium with South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland to undertake thermal energy efficiency improvements in almost 400 socially rented hard-to-treat (off-gas or non-traditional construction) properties. The consortium has received £1.9 investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The detailed analysis of pre and post work data of buildings will, allow the fuel poverty and financial improvements for residents to be quantified. This Pre-Works report details the work carried out in assessing, testing and monitoring the buildings prior to any improvement being carried out. The properties have now almost all been improved, and we are monitoring them over winter 2012/2013 to understand the levels of improvement. The full results will be released in summer 2013.