Green Deal and ECO ’could be worth £22bn’ to South West

CSE’s Housing Assessment Model will help targetting

1 October 2012

The South West could attract over £22 billion of Green Deal and ECO finance if every single eligible household in the region signed up. And this would generate a total theoretical fuel bill saving of nearly £2 billion.

These are the results of analysis undertaken by CSE using our new Housing Assessment Model – known affectionately in the office as 'HAM'. The results are available to download below.

HAM is a tool that models the energy performance (SAP rating) of dwellings at address level, but also determines the potential for improvement. In other words, it can take all the houses in a street, a neighbourhood, a town or even a county, and tell you what you can do to them to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy bills and carbon emissions.

Dr Toby Bridgeman who helped build the model explains further. "Taking this information, and combining it with the financial implications of each package of energy efficiency measures, and the finance available under Green Deal and ECO, we arrive at this striking figure. Of course it all depends on how many eligible households sign up to the Green Deal and ECO schemes on offer."

CSE believes HAM could be particularly valuable to local authorities and housing associations, helping them to target those households that stand to gain the most from the Green Deal and ECO policies. The model has already proved its worth when it was used to analyse a housing provider's own stock, enabling them to strategically plan their investment in energy efficiency works. Click here for details.

Data and results can also be provided in a form that helps local authorities to meet their HECA (Home Energy Conservation Act) requirements to report on measures proposed to improve the energy efficiency of all the residential accommodation in their areas. "In short," says Janine Michael, CSE's Head of Development, "this could be your answer to HECA".

You can read more about how we made HAM here

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