Warmer Streets

Report
SECAN,3rd November 2014
What is WARMER STREETS?
• Green Deal Communities retrofit project delivered by E3 on behalf of the Warmer
Streets Partnership
• £4 million Green Deal Communities funding awarded by DECC
• Supplementary funding through Scottish Power’s ECO funding
• Primary focus on hard to treat domestic properties in Dartford Borough and
Sevenoaks District. Small non-domestic project is on-going in Dartford Town Centre.
• Targets to be met through:
• INSULATION of external walls, lofts and hot water cylinders
• INSTALLATION of energy efficient boilers, LED lighting, HVAC, windows & doors
The WARMER STREETS Process
1.
EPC & Green Deal Assessment undertaken
2.
WS receives Green Deal Advice Report, contractor receives technical details
3.
WS receives quote from contractor (48 hours)
4.
WS Offer Pack out to client (48 hours), 2 week validity period
5.
Application to Green Deal Finance (if requested)
6.
Contract signed, deposit paid, start date agreed. 14 days cooling off period
7.
Retrofit installation process & sign off
PARTNERS
• Led by Dartford Borough Council in
partnership with Sevenoaks District
Council, Kent County Council and
the Kent and Medway Sustainable
Energy Partnership.
• Green Deal Assessments are
completed by Agility Survey
(domestic) and GreenROI (nondomestic)
• Green Deal Finance Applications
processed by Agility Eco
• Installation contracted to Lawtech
Phase 1: Tree Estate
• Primarily Solid Walls
• Terraced properties
• Identified 650 properties
• HUB at Tree Community
Centre
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Big Local
Citizen’s Advice Bureau
PCSO surgery
Coffee mornings
IT classes for 55+
Phase 2: Ingram &
Cranford Road
• Solid wall, terraced properties with
tiled bay windows
• Identified 75 target properties
• Letters detailing offer and door
knock 1 - 3 complete
Phase 3: East Hill & New Town
• Mostly solid wall, terraced
properties
• Some larger properties built in
1800s
• Identified 2,000+ target
properties
• Postcard drop complete
• Next Steps:
• Letter drop detailing offer
• Door knock 1 – 3
• Coffee mornings/evenings
• Consultation day
Phase 4: New Road, East Hill & Paddock Close
• Range of house types
• Identified 200+ suitable properties
• Working with WKHA to identify
suitable Show Home(s)
• HKSD Parish Council support
• HUB to be HKSD Village Hall
• Planned engagement:
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Postcard drop
Letter drop detailing offer
Door knock 1 – 3
Coffee mornings/evenings
Consultation day
WARMER STREETS Offer (first 150)
MEASURE
HOUSE TYPE
CUSTOMER
CONTRIBUTION
EWI
Semi-detached
£1,700
End terrace
£1,700
Mid terrace
£1,200
CWI
Any
£0
Loft Insulation
Any
£0
Double Glazing
Any
£270/m2
LED lighting
Any
£50 fitting
Boiler replacement
Any
With EWI
£750 – £2,500
Without EWI
£1,000 – £2,750
Challenges
FUNDING:
• ECO rates have dropped to a third of the original level
• Available GD finance far lower than expected (savings
low)
• Uncertainty over GDHIF
• Ensuring level of contribution is affordable
ASSESSMENT PROCESS:
• Significant variability in the quality of assessors
• Households on prepayment meters lack bill data needed
to give reports higher level of accuracy
• Non-domestic Green Deal Assessment very costly and
prohibitive unless heavily subsidised
• Problems with SBEM software
MEASURES:
• Contractually difficult when working in the private
sector to generate economies of scale due to
uncertainties
• EWI is a complex system that works best on simple
properties, additional costs are incurred in many
cases over the basic rates: quality of procurement
and tender process is critical
• Reliance on customer behaviour post installation –
in particular in relation to ventilation

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