Fuel Poverty Project How do we engage and deliver energy efficiency improvements to rural communities? Rugby Borough Brinklow and Wolvey The Warwickshire Perspective Andy McDarmaid Warwickshire County Council Fuel Poverty Project The Warwickshire Perspective Over 20% of Warwickshire’s households (46,000) are in fuel poverty and these are most prevalent in rural and semi-rural communities. Previous funding opportunities have mostly been consumed by urban schemes. Initially this bid was being prepared as from the LEP, but it was announced by DECC as a LA competition so WCC and Cov CC submitted separate bids. Fuel Poverty Project Objectives “To support the installation of improvements to the thermal efficiency of up to 50 rural dwellings in Warwickshire.“ “To develop a “one front door” web portal to enable individuals and support agencies to access local energy efficiency information and local installers online.” Fuel Poverty Project Warwickshire Approach Use Local Intelligence Sources Pre-Assessment • 15 Postcode areas identified across the communities of Brinklow and Wolvey which covered 396 properties. • Doorknocking exercise for all 396 properties to identify interest and also undertake short assessments. This created an “intelligence-led” dataset through combining socio-economic and property information to effectively target those most in need. Fuel Poverty Project Shortlisting criteria Dwelling characteristics: - Solid walls - Un-insulated cavity walls - Less than 150mm loft insulation - Off gas grid Vulnerable households: - Elderly - Young Children - On means tested benefits - In Social Housing From the physical surveys undertaken, or from the postal surveys returned, 83 properties met some of the criteria and were therefore shortlisted for a more detailed assessment. Fuel Poverty Project Web Portal Fuel Poverty Project Lessons Learned – so far • Communication is critical • On a project engaging so many partners the roles must be clear and adhered to by all • There will always be someone who will complain! Local co-ordinated delivery Ken Mantock Hardyman Ltd Fuel Poverty Project Local co-ordinated delivery Time is of the essence...... • Tender returned - Submission included six RETA service delivery partners • Appointed as project manager • Advised RETA SDPs • Met with Andy and Rachel to learn 34 target homes identified by Act on Energy in Brinklow • Notified RETA members of scope of opportunity and arranged for meeting at The Bulls Head • Expectation of: Survey/quote Start Complete 24th January 31st January 1st Feb 5th Feb 18th Feb 25th Feb 22nd March four weeks! Fuel Poverty Project Local co-ordinated delivery • Meeting 14 Feb – Andy , reps from Rugby Borough Council and all the service delivery partners: - Complete Green Solutions – External Wall Insulation Homeworks – External Wall Insulation ITS – Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation New World Solar – Boilers and Central Heating Renewable Micro Solutions – External Wall Insulation and Boilers Zest – External Wall Insulation • Overview of project given, aims and objectives described, roles explored AND ........address list received with: • So ready to proceed Brinklow 46 homes Wolvey 37 homes Fuel Poverty Project Local co-ordinated delivery • Bad news........... Weather then became Arctic • Good news ........ Completion date of end of March extended to end of April Fuel Poverty Project Local co-ordinated delivery Yew Tree Hill, Brinklow External Wall Insulation by Homeworks Boilers by New World Solar Initial Phase: Homes 8,9,10 11 & 12 13,14,15,16 Second Phase: Homes 17,18,19,20 21,22,23,24 Third Phase: Homes 3,4,5,6 7 25 & 26 Commenced 1st March and due to complete 3rd May Fuel Poverty Project Local co-ordinated delivery Heath Lane, Brinklow External Wall Insulation by Renewable Micro Solution and Loft Insulation by ITS Homes 1a and 2a Commenced 21st March and completed 17th April Fuel Poverty Project Local co-ordinated delivery Leicester Road, Wolvey External Wall Insulation by Zest and Loft Insulation by ITS Homes: 1 & 2 7 & 8 11 & 12 Commenced 2nd April and due to be completed 26th April Fuel Poverty Project Local co-ordinated delivery What achieved to tackle issues of affordable warmth and carbon reduction? • 45 homes worked in, of which 14 are local authority or rented and 31 are owner occupiers • 54 eco measures delivered: Fuel Poverty Project Local co-ordinated delivery What achieved overall to tackle issues of affordable warmth and carbon reduction? EWI Boiler/ Central Heating Upgrades Loft Insulation Cavity Wall Insulation Fuel Poverty Project Local co-ordinated delivery What achieved to tackle issues of affordable warmth and carbon reduction? Brinklow 4 1 Wolvey 2 EWI EWI 6 Boiler / Central Heating Upgrades 7 4 Loft Insulations Loft Insulations 26 Cavity Wall Insulation Boiler/ Central Heating Upgrades Cavity Wall Insulation 4 Fuel Poverty Project Local co-ordinated delivery Learning points (author’s personal view): • More information at tender stage on homes likely to be worked in. • Greater time for pre-visits, resident liaison, asbestos surveys/removal, power and services alterations, location of site compounds and getting to know the team. • Better communication with residents throughout the process • On-going involvement of Act of Energy to help advise residents on specific and general affordable warmth options • Closer working between District and County Council staff and better appreciation of team roles/responsibilities • Involve and advise local councillors and community interest groups before and during the process.