Media Release: Energy-efficient event finds perfect home

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BRE Innovation Park in Ravenscraig has been selected as the venue for the Green Homes Showcase, hosted by Home Energy Scotland which takes place on Friday 8 May 2015.

Says a spokesperson: “The event has been arranged to look at the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) – the new mandatory standard for Social Landlords to meet by 2020 – and to address Scottish Government plans to set minimum energy efficiency standards for private sector properties.

“For homeowners, the proposals would mean that before someone can sell or rent a property in Scotland, properties must meet new minimum standards.”

In the morning, social landlords will have the opportunity to find out more about EESSH and how the new standards build on energy targets and guidance in the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

Energy Saving Trust experts will be on hand to outline help available from Home Energy Scotland to support local authorities and housing sssociations towards meeting the new standards.

Over the course of the day, groups of delegates made up of homeowners, private landlords and self-builders will hear from Home Energy Scotland experts about ways to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, including the latest retrofit techniques and renewable technologies, and about financial support available to help people make efficiencies and install Greener systems.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to tour the BRE Innovation Park and view the a mini-community exemplars of ground breaking sustainable homes and buildings, including the Refurbished House, which was officially opened by Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment, Angela Constance.

A recreation of the four-in-a-block home, the Refurbished House demonstrates a range of innovative retrofit solutions for some of the most energy inefficient homes across Scotland and the UK.

The project, which has been delivered by BRE Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and Historic Scotland and constructed by local builders, Cruden, will enable a robust assessment to be made on the most cost effective solutions of fabric upgrades for this building style, for walls, windows, roofs and services.

In addition, delegates will have the chance to view the Resource Efficient House, one of the most sustainable houses ever constructed in Scotland and Applegreen’s Energy Efficient Home that involves off-site construction, providing a higher quality of build and a quicker build time.

Alex Warren, advice centre manager from Home Energy Scotland, comments:

“Home Energy Scotland is delighted to have teamed up with BRE Scotland to deliver this event that will give both social landlords and homeowners, private landlords and self-builders insight into new and coming minimum energy efficiency standards, and ways in which Home Energy Scotland can help them meet these standards.”

Dr. David Kelly, group director BRE Innovation Park Networks, adds:

“The BRE Innovation Park acts as a testing ground for the future accommodation needs and energy requirements for Scotland, with house types which incorporate cutting edge, innovative design and technology, making it the ideal venue for hosting an event of this type.”

Bookings for the event can be made online via Eventbrite or by calling Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282

Local authorities and housing associations book a place online here. []

Homeowners, private landlords and self-builders book a place here here. []



About Home Energy Scotland

Home Energy Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Energy Saving Trust, provides free and impartial advice to help Scots make their homes cheaper to heat.

About the Energy Saving Trust in Scotland

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) is one of Scotland and the UK’s leading impartial organisations helping people save energy and reduce carbon emissions. We provide expert insight, knowledge and advice about energy saving, support people to take action and help householders, local authorities and communities to save energy.

EST’s work in Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government. EST manages a network of advice centres in Scotland specifically designed to help consumers take action to save energy.

This Home Energy Scotland advice network aims to reach 250,000 people every year.

About BRE

BRE is a world-leading building science centre that generates new knowledge through research.

This is used to create products, tools and standards that drive positive change across the built environment.

BRE helps its government and private sector clients meet the significant environmental, social and economic challenges they face in delivering homes, buildings and communities. BRE is owned by the BRE Trust, a registered charity.

The Trust uses the profits made by the BRE companies to fund research and education that advances knowledge of the built environment

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