Tackling cold homes and carbon emissions across Somerset
Project duration: July 2008 to March 2013
Warm Streets was a Somerset-wide project that tackled the problem of cold, damp homes by installing loft and cavity wall insulation.
The service was free for to all households (including privately rented homes) in the county, including the unity authority authorities of North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset. However, it particularly targeted vulnerable households in, or at risk of, fuel poverty.
If you live in Somerset or the former Avon area and would like to find out what grants may be available for this type of home improvement, please contact the Home Energy advice line or email firstname.lastname@example.org
During the course of the project, Warm Streets installed loft and cavity wall insulation in over 7,500 homes. That's a lot of warmer homes, a lot of lower energy bills and a lot less carbon emissions.
What the scheme provided
- A basic home energy survey
- Free cavity wall and loft insulation measures for households who own or privately rent (subject to survey)
- Loft insulation top-up for homes where there is less than 150mm of existing insulation.
- Inter-agency referrals for heating system upgrades (for those on eligible benefits via referral to the Government’s Warm Front grant scheme) and household security
Warm Streets was committed to using the best products for the job. In the case of cavity wall insulation this is 'Diamond Bead' which has shown an improved performance over other cavity wall insulation materials. Loft insulation comprises of 270mm thick mineral wool rolls, and both products comply with the British Board of Agrément, ensuring quality and a high resistance to heat loss.
Our contractor at the point that the scheme closed was Domestic and General.
Warm Streets was funded by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) with additional support from five district councils and two unitary authorities of Somerset (see box, right).
The project developed out of the Somerset Warm and Well scheme which began in 2003 and in 2009 widened its focus to include an innovative community engagement initiative.