Greater Manchester-based social enterprise Carbon Co-op has this October launched a new training programme, 'Warmer Homes, Take Control' , to assist householders in achieving the levels of carbon emissions reductions called for in the BEIS Clean Growth Strategy  released on 12/10/2017.
Whilst this new strategy document recognises the central importance of large scale energy efficiency measures including solid wall insulation, triple glazed windows and new heating systems etc, Government has to date experienced huge difficulties in delivering these improvements on the ground.
Carbon Co-op have a track record of delivering whole house retrofit works for householders in the Greater Manchester area – a recent programme achieved average 60% carbon emission reductions, 50% gas heating savings and net financial savings of £1,000/year .
Now, Carbon Co-op are enabling householders to access this specialist knowledge in order to ramp up retrofits. Their new programme includes bespoke sessions on contractor procurement, DIY retrofit skills for homeowners, ventilation tips, off-grid power systems and even flood resilience.
Jonathan Atkinson, co-founder of Carbon Co-op says:
“Whilst the new Government announcement is welcomed, it is urgent that this statement is translated into action. Carbon Co-op has been working since 2011 with homeowners to retrofit their homes. The achievements made have been remarkable, but many more householders need to start improving their homes for the UK to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets.
We believe there is a role for community intermediaries in assisting householders to take action now. Our new training home energy training programme Warmer Homes, Take Control – provides this practical knowledge and offers the support householders need to get on with the work.”
The programme has been designed to support homeowners at different stages, from just considering to implementing plans. Carbon Co-op have employed technical expertise from URBED, Cumbria Action for Sustainability and specialists in the field including Dan Chaplin (Think Building Energy) and Bill Taylor (Taylor Armitt Consulting).
Programme co-ordinator, Aneaka Kellay, Carbon Co-op says:
“We've pulled together a comprehensive programme to support those looking to retrofit to become informed, inspired and empowered. Not only is there a great need for energy efficiency home improvements to tackle climate change, the comfort and health benefits alone make retrofit a no-brainer.”
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Spokespeople from Carbon Coop are available for comment and interviews.
For more Carbon Co-op events, training and services visit their website www.carbon.coop
NOTES TO EDITOR
 See a full version of the programme here: https://goo.gl/HRQ8iH
 BEIS (Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy) Clean Growth Strategy - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/clean-growth-strategy
 For more on figures for energy and bill reductions in retrofitted homes see Powering Down Together https://carbon.coop/sites/default/files/attachments/2017-06-22/20170622%20Powering%20Down%20Together%20case%20study%20-%20full%20report.pdf