ACE-retrofitting: improving energy efficiency in tenements and flats

34% of homes in Aberdeen are not energy efficient which results in high fuel bills, high carbon emissions and, in some cases, residents unable to heat their homes to a comfortable level.

We are currently participating in The Interreg NWE ACE-Retrofitting (Accelerating Condominium Energy Retrofitting) project. This is a European-funded project to tackle energy efficiency in flats and tenement buildings. Targeting flats and tenement buildings ensures that the greatest number of private owners can benefit from significant financial savings and between 50% and 70% carbon savings. Aberdeen has more than 12,000 flats in granite tenements built in Victorian or Edwardian times and, due to their age and building construction, some of these properties are hard to heat.

Most tenements and blocks of flats contain properties with numerous owners which poses challenges for retrofitting energy efficiency measures, including getting initial consent from all the owners, coordinating the program of works, and securing payment once the works are complete. The ACE retrofitting project aims to help residents and owners of flats and tenements to overcome the many legal, social, and financial barriers.

As part of the ACE retrofitting project, we are conducting a case study using Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) and targeting tenement blocks. IWI is very similar to external wall insulation except that the insulation is applied to the inside of the property rather than the outside. IWI is often used where external wall insulation is impractical, for example on granite walls. It can reduce energy consumption, fuel bills and carbon emissions.

Our home energy team can arrange surveys and co-ordinate insulation works with their appointed contractors. Grant funding is available towards insulation measures, certain criteria must be met, and a small owner’s contribution would still be required. If you do not qualify for a grant the Home Energy Team can help you find alternative sources of funding.

For more information or to register your interest please contact homeenergy@aberdeencity.gov.uk

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