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Building Monitoring Systems & Energy Conservation - NG Homes

The issue of fuel poverty has significant socio-economic impacts across Scotland. People living in the coldest homes are three times more likely to die from cold-related illnesses, and it has been estimated that fuel poverty indirectly costs the National Health Service up to £80m per annum in Scotland.

Our clients at North Glasgow Homes are making a positive difference to the lives of people in Northern Glasgow. Providing over 5400 homes for rent in one of Scotland’s most deprived areas, where levels of fuel poverty are high. To improve energy conservation in these buildings, ng homes appointed Easy Heat Systems to deliver a complete energy efficiency project in 897 properties across 13 tower high-rise blocks, located in Springburn, Glasgow.

This partnership aimed to combat fuel poverty and energy waste through initially utilising advanced building monitoring systems to gain an in-depth understanding of the humidity and temperature levels within a property to determine the fuel poverty risk. Some properties were resorting to secondary heat sources as the existing heating system wasn’t fit for purpose, meaning social housing tenants were heating their homes twice, at a higher cost.

Early in the project, Easy Heat Systems established the effect of the current heating and energy management systems on individual apartments. For an in-depth analysis of the extent of the heating situation, we installed temperature and humidity sensors into the properties, feeding information to our analytics platform.

Utilising IoT sensors, we calculated data including internal temperature, relative humidity and CO2 levels, internal vapour pressure and differential vapour pressure. Our results found:

  • 66.83% of tenants were in fuel poverty
  • 23.73% of tenants were in extreme fuel poverty – that is, almost one in every four responders reported spending over 20% of their post-housing income on energy costs
  • 18.27% of tenant living rooms and 17.14% of tenant bedrooms never reached the 21C and 18C target.

The results of this investigation indicated a new heat network was required to reduce fuel poverty levels and create a more environmentally sustainable heating solution. To replace the inefficient and expensive existing electric systems, we supplied and installed a District Heating System for affordable measures of heating the 897 homes.

To read more about the District Heat Systems installed at the Springburn site as part of Phase One of our works with ng homes, please read out dedicated case study:

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To create a positive experience for tenants throughout production, Easy Heat Systems used a proactive approach combined with a structured procedure for regular, accurate updates regarding progress and completions. To ensure all tower block residents felt comfortable with the works being carried out, we hosted Q&A sessions, made home visits and built a strong sense of community.

We donated £150,000 to improve and benefit the local community through a variety of initiatives, including foodbank donations, donating hundreds of presents for resident’s children at Christmas, and providing tenant support, including arranging transport and refreshments for residents when required to leave their homes.

Easy Heat Systems provided free advice to tenants on developing energy-efficient behaviours in their homes to maximise the benefits of their new heating system. We consistently informed tenants throughout the process to explain the development of the system to create an understanding and acceptance regarding the necessary upgrades to their property. The community benefitted from 240 weeks of training, work experience, and placements whilst the system was being installed.

ng homes’ vision is to build a community where people can flourish and prosper, as they regenerate communities and empower the residents. Easy Heat Systems effectively supported these goals with our building monitoring systems and data analysis, pinpointing residents at higher risk of falling into fuel poverty and implement preventative measures. Our combined renewable energy installations effectively lowered carbon emissions and created affordable living conditions for tenants in the 897 homes.

The delivery of this project brings many positive outcomes, including:

  • A new district heat system that reduced annual heating spending to £231,072, providing a 40% saving annually.
  • 66.22% less energy consumption from 2,567,463 kWh to 750,101 kWh, placing less constraint on the electrical network infrastructure.
  • Reduced CO2 by over 1million kg CO2e per annum
  • Improved health and wellbeing of 900+ families
  • Alleviated fuel poverty
  • 100% EESSH2 compliance
  • Recorded a benefit of £22,435,402 to the economy using local SME sub-contractors.

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