Housing Energy and Fuel Poverty Assessment Tool (HEAT)

Designing optimal retrofit programmes and fuel poverty snapshots

Project duration: October 2010 to March 2013

The Housing Energy and Fuel Poverty Assessment Tool (HEAT) was a computer programme developed by CSE to help others understand the current profile of fuel poverty at a regional and national level. It also presented to users the opportunities to retrofit the housing stock with energy efficiency measures.

This tool was widely distributed and used, but is no longer available and has been superceded by the National Household Model.

It brought together work previously undertaken to create housing models based on the English Housing Survey (EHS), namely a fuel prices model and an energy improvement model.

HEAT could be run using the latest English, Welsh or Scottish housing stock databases and enable users to generate their own statistics depending upon the scenarios they chose to explore, and to perform the following tasks:

  1. Predict fuel poverty in the current year.
  2. Select from a range of different energy efficiency measures optimise for four different options: maximum CO2 reduction, maximum fuel bill saving, maximum SAP rating, and most cost-effective maximum SAP rating.

HEAT was developed in partnership with the Association for the Conservation of Energy and Dr Richard Moore, and funded by Eaga Partnership Charitable Trust, Consumer Focus (abolished in 2014, functions transferred to Citizens Advice) and Pilkington Energy Efficiency Trust.

Photo by Ian Stannard, and reproduced under creative commons.

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