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Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes,Hard-to-Treat Homes

Hard to treat homes

Review of the delivery tools used to improve hard to treat homes research for the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes.

The Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes comissioned ACE to undertake a review of the delivery tools used to improve hard to treat homes (HTTH). The aim of the research was to produce a raft of informed policy recommendations to promote a significant scale up of the improvement of HTTH and and inform the future activities of the Partnership’s HTTH sub-group.

The project involved an analysis of the measures that are needed to improve HTTH that are not at present being delivered at sufficient scale, the funding available now and in the near future and the delivery mechanisms, in the form of projects and programmes, that have been used to deliver HTT measures (see database below).

The research report outlines a detailed raft of recommendations arising from the research which centre around the need to mainstream the more expensive measures that are used to treat hard to treat homes. The report also reveals the need to place more emphasis on insulation measures and urgently address the current situation in which the fuel poor living in hard to treat homes are paying for energy efficiency schemes but are not benefitting from the most appropriate improvements to their homes.

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Hard-to-Treat Homes,Housing

The Next Steps: EPCs and the establishment of the Green Homes Service

ACE submitted a written response to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on The Next Steps: EPCs and the establishment of the Green Homes Service.

In summary, ACE agrees with the following proposals as suggested in the consultation document:

  • The EST should be given access to the information contained in domestic EPCs as part of implementing the Green Homes Service.
  • The Carbon Trust should be given access to the information contained in non-domestic EPCs.
  • Potential buyers and tenants should be able to search the commercial register by address to know whether a given building has an EPC, though not to download it.

ACE also believes that there are several other ways that EPCs can be used to maximise their impact and lead to changes in the way householders and businesses use energy, as discussed in our consultation response.

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Fuel Poverty,Hard-to-Treat Homes

Rising Fuel Prices

The challenge for affordable warmth in hard to heat homes

(funded by Eaga Charitable Trust)

Recent events have shown that we now live in an era of fluctuating fuel prices. These changes affect the cost-effectiveness of various measures currently being applied to eradicate fuel poverty, and also affect what is viewed as affordable measures for hard to heat homes.

This project aims to inform UK fuel poverty strategists and enable social housing providers to plan affordable warmth strategies in the context of increasing fuel prices. Specifically, the project equips housing providers and expert commentators with “Fuel Prophet”, a publicly available tool designed to indicate which treatments of hard to heat homes are both cost-effective and eliminate fuel poverty, taking into account various, fluctuating fuel price conditions.

Fuel Prophet

fuelprophetFuel Prophet is the tool developed for housing professionals and policy researchers choosing which energy saving refurbishment measures should be recommended and installed.

For a copy of the tool please contact us. Working at the level of a single dwelling, it models various measures and measure combinations under different fuel prices conditions. The overall aim is to optimise the balance between the cost of installing refurbishment measures and reducing fuel costs to the occupier thereby addressing fuel poverty. Fuel Prophet indicates how much a refurbishment can save, at what cost, and how these figures might change over the next 30 years.

Download Rising Fuel Prices reports

Related reports and links to other projects

ACE Research reports (most recent first)
Links to other projects

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Domestic Energy Consumption,Hard-to-Treat Homes

Affordable Warmth

Addressing the problem of Affordable Warmth in Hard to Heat Homes: finding a way forward

(funded by Eaga PCT.)

Affordable Warmth in Hard to Heat Homes – finding a way forward (2002)This area of work addresses fuel poverty in dwellings that are not covered by the standard ‘cost-effective’ measures funded under EEC, Warm Front, etc.

The work started with a small briefing paper, then developed, with funding from Eaga PCT, into ongoing independent research on various aspects

Affordable Warmth in Hard to Heat Homes – progress report (2004)”Hard to Heat” homes are defined by ACE as those which have poorly insulated walls (usually solid walls, but also cavity walls which cannot be filled for technical reasons), or are off the gas network, or both. Up to 40% of UK homes could fall into this classification.

Some commentators have objected to the this term on the grounds that they are not hard to HEAT, but expensive to heat, and have adopted the term hard to TREAT. We would counter that with “in most cases we have the technology to treat them, but it is deemed expensive to do so!”. As the real problem is Expensive to Heat and Expensive to Treat, which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, we will remain with our own term, hard to heat, to label our own work. The main thing is that all stakeholders work together to solve the problem.

Work undertaken

An initial discussion paper from the ACE Research Team raised the question of what to do about the estimated one million homes which have solid walls, low SAP ratings, are difficult and expensive to heat, and likely to be occupied by vulnerable people. Using available data from the English and Scottish House Conditions Survey we identified the breadth of the problem that could affect as many as 30% of households in the UK.

The ACE paper was developed and updated with funding from the (then) Eaga Charitable Trust. The briefing paper “Affordable Warmth for Hard to Heat Homes – Finding a Way Forward” raised the above question again. It was used to inform the stakeholders with an interest in ‘Hard to Heat Homes’ about the nature and extent of the problem across England.

The next stage was a workshop in December 2001 to discuss the findings on the briefing paper and begin to develop a better understanding of the issues surrounding Hard to Heat Homes, and to develop sensible practical and policy solutions to the problem.

The outcome from the workshop was compiled into an interim report and circulated to all the major stakeholders with an interest in Hard to Heat Homes. The feedback on this interim report and any resulting discussion, along with the results from the workshop itself were published as a final report by EAGA CT and ACE.

To follow-up on this work, Eaga PCT funded a review of the situation, through both original and new stakeholders, in December 2003 and January 2004. The results of this work were published in a Progress Report.

Download Affordable Warmth reports

Briefing Paper (2001)

Affordable Warmth in Hard to Heat Homes – finding a way forward (2002)

Affordable Warmth in Hard to Heat Homes – progress report (2004)

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Hard-to-Treat Homes,Heating,Housing

RSLs implementing HECA

Registered Social Landlords Implementing the Home Energy Conservation Act

(funded by Housing Corporation.)
Although obligations under HECA fall on local authorities, Registered Social Landlords can also play a significant role in implementation of HECA. In doing so RSLs can also increase the comfort and health of some of their most vulnerable tenants. This work was based partly on the experience of the Research Team in implementing the Energy Saving Trust’s HECAction programme, with ten case studies of schemes implemented under HECAction.

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