Retrofit Project Pits Behavior Change Against Technology, Wins Award for Doing It

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When I reported on an experimental zero carbon housing scheme the other week, I was pleased to note that it was tackling behavior, as well as just installing fancy new technology. But it's not the only project of its kind. I posted before on how the Sutton Retrofit Initiative was transforming 3 different social housing properties applying the very latest, most-expensive retrofit measures to one (the One Planet House); some simpler,cheaper efficiency improvements for the second; and just energy efficiency advice from a green coach for the residents of the 3rd. (All 3 households receive the efficiency advice.) That project is now well underway, and the One Planet House has just won a major award for its innovations:

At last week’s Sustainable Housing awards held in London, BioRegional and partners’ One Planet House retrofit project won ‘sustainable smaller housing retrofit project of the year’. The project takes a unique approach to retrofitting social housing by looking at the hardware of the house across all aspects of sustainability as well as carrying out a behaviour change programme with the residents. The project is aiming for an 80 per cent reduction in energy use with only 50 per cent of the embodied energy of a standard retrofit.

Retrofit Project Pits Behavior Change Against Technology, Wins Award for Doing It
An innovative project retrofitting social housing for energy efficiency is doing interesting work on behavior too. And it's winning awards.

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