Energy efficient event finds perfect home

2013-10-27 10.09.40

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.

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 Associations 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 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 said, “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 added, “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.