2 September 2015
An innovative fuel poverty assessment project in London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD) won the London regional Carbon Action Network (CAN) annual award on 2nd September. The award recognised one project in London which had contributed to delivering CAN’s objectives of improving domestic energy efficiency or tackling fuel poverty or climate change, for the benefit of the local community and the local authority.
The Extraction of Fuel Poverty project was commissioned by the Housing Strategy, Affordable Homes & Partnerships at LBBD to tackle fuel poverty and improve domestic energy efficiency in targeted blocks of flats where failed cavity wall insulation (CWI) had been identified. LBBD were looking to gain a better understanding of the depth and breadth of fuel poverty, as well as the health and well-being issues residents associated with living in cold, damp homes were experiencing.
The project was delivered by locally based Avalon Sustainable Energy Solutions, a specialist cavity wall insulation contractor, and their assessment partner Sustainable Home Survey Company (SHS). Alongside a home energy assessment yielding an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), Domestic Energy Assessors conducted a survey specifically designed to understand levels of Fuel Poverty, householder health and well-being and signposts for further information and assistance, and technical surveys were carried out on the fabric of the buildings.