Affinity Sutton launches final FutureFit report

19th August, 2013

Leading affordable housing association Affinity Sutton today launched the final findings of FutureFit, its pioneering retrofit project. FutureFit is helping Affinity Sutton  develop an informed, well-formulated policy on energy efficiency in existing homes, to reduce fuel poverty and inform the wider debate on carbon targets.

The project found that although there are challenges in tracking energy use, retrofitting does result in savings, particularly when following a fabric first approach. As a result we are developing an Energy Efficiency Standard to apply to all our homes by 2020.

The findings also show that:

•    Resident engagement is critical, particularly around electricity usage – as a result we are updating our energy lifestyle advice programme – EnergyFit.
•    We are unable to support the Green Deal as it currently stands but are keen to continue to work with Government so that the Green Deal can fulfil the savings necessary for social housing.
•    Our results support the need for the Affordable Warmth element of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding to be available to social households.
•    As well as retrofitting our properties we also need to engage with everyone involved in the process, from the supply chain through to residents.
•    The social housing sector must respond to the findings of this report  - looking at how retrofitting can be funded and made to work, reducing carbon emissions and energy costs for some of the poorest in society.   

Affinity Sutton launches final FutureFit report
Keith Exford, Affinity Sutton CEO, commented: “The FutureFit project demonstrates how the social housing sector is well positioned to deliver wide-scale retrofit. Although the results make it clear why Affinity Sutton is not currently supporting the Green Deal in our homes, this report sets out why it is so important to find a way to make it work for the very people who need it most.”

“The social housing sector must respond to the issues raised and look to how retrofitting can be funded and made to work, reducing carbon emissions and energy costs for some of the poorest in society is a priority for us all.

FutureFit provided a detailed insight into the retrofit agenda through working with 150 properties of drawn from 22 common types of housing – carrying out different packages of work and lifestyle advice along with installing monitoring equipment to track energy use and bills. 

The findings were discussed by a panel of experts at a briefing in London today, chaired by Inside Housing’s Nick Duxbury and including Julia Unwin, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 

This final report follows on from the first FutureFit report which was published in September 2011. A copy of this report, FutureFit final report: an insight into the retrofit challenge  is available on our website at www.affinitysutton.com/futurefit
together with a more detailed report on the second stage analysis and findings, carried out with Verco.

Follow the FutureFit discussion on Twitter @AffinitySutton using #futurefit
For more information contact Affinity Sutton on 0300 100 0303 or visit the website: www.affinitysutton.com.

Source: http://www.affinitysutton.com/news_and_resources/article/final_futurefit_report_launch.aspx

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