Social landlords key role in carbon reduction targets

Housing stock assessment offers options for Somer

20 June 2012

Improving the energy efficiency of one house is simple enough – but how do you go about improving the efficiency of hundreds? Or even thousands?

This is something that Somer Housing Group is now considering after CSE recently completed a full strategic assessment of the options available to them for improving their housing stock.

Somer Housing, which includes Somer Community Housing Trust, Redland Housing Association and Shape Housing Association, manages nearly 11,000 properties in Bath, Bristol and the surrounding area. The management is keen to develop a strategy which shields tenants from the threat of rising energy prices and the danger of entering fuel poverty.

And like other ‘social landlords’, Somer Housing is well-placed to take advantage of the Government’s forthcoming Green Deal, so understanding what it takes to meet carbon reduction targets is important.

CSE was commissioned to assess and validate the SAP ratings of the Group’s entire housing stock (which includes Grade I and Grade II listed properties), model energy demand for space heating, water heating and lighting, and model energy expenditure at an individual property level.

CSE's Senior Analyst, Ian Preston, undertook the study. He said: "Our findings should enable Somer Housing Group to prioritise the sustainable energy measures needed to reduce emissions and protect their tenants from future rises in energy prices."

To find out more about the full assessment that CSE undertook for the housing group, click here.

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