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PEOPLE MUST BE AT THE HEART OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS’ SAYS ROCKWOOL

Energy efficient solutions provider ROCKWOOL is putting energy saving advice for residents at the heart of its projects with a series of events in the communities where it works. The first Energy Saving Community Fete, held at the Edward Woods estate in West London, saw residents receive advice from experts and learn more about the measures installed in their community.


Held on 17 August, the fete involved several community groups, including: the local Citizen’s Advice Bureau, HAFAD (Hammersmith & Fulham Action on Disability), Renaissance Skills Centre, London Plus Credit Union, British Gas’s Energy Expert team and Global Action Plan, which brought its ‘Energy Bike’ showing residents how much energy it takes to power commonly used household objects. Held on the green outside the local community centre, there was also a bouncy castle, face painting and a demonstration of how external wall insulation is installed.

The Edward Woods estate is a landmark low carbon refurbishment project in Hammersmith & Fulham, with three high rise tower blocks receiving external wall insulation integrated with solar PV, cavity wall insulation and roof insulation. The low rise buildings also had ROCKWOOL’s EcoRock external wall insulation installed. Research conducted last year at the estate by the London School of Economics and ROCKWOOL, called High Rise Hope (www.rockwool.co.uk/highrisehope), found that only 1.8% of residents recognised the reason for the work was to save them energy.


Andrew Corless, Director of Refurbishment and Regeneration at ROCKWOOL UK said: “Energy efficiency measures are only one part of the solution for tackling spiralling fuel bills and reducing carbon emissions. If there is to be a lasting legacy for energy efficiency schemes it is essential that the organisations delivering them inform and involve the local communities they work in.”

“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fuel poverty means a serious change in the way householders consume energy in their homes. Making energy saving engaging, through events like this, is one way of encouraging this change in behaviour and ensuring that legacy.”



Cllr Andrew Johnson, Hammersmith & Fulham Council cabinet member for housing, said: “By working with ROCKWOOL we have proved that it is possible to save residents hundreds of pounds a year by insulating tower blocks. I am sure that estate residents will be pleased to know that they will be able to keep their homes warm next winter without worrying about how much it will cost them”.

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