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Why

LAD3 Domestic Retrofit

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BRIEF
Retrofitting homes and buildings is one of the biggest challenges the UK faces in our efforts to reach net zero by 2050. Buildings are responsible for 49% of CO2 emissions in the UK. At least 90% of existing buildings need retrofitting to meet UK carbon zero targets, cut bills and improve our neighbourhoods.

The UK has some of the oldest housing stock in Europe. Whilst any home can benefit from retrofitting, older homes usually have more problems. Common issues include dampness, condensation, draughts and lack of insulation making them harder to heat.

  • The Local Authority Delivery Scheme – Phase 3 (LAD3) was funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DfESNZ) as part of the UK government commitment to reduce our collective carbon footprint. Funding is awarded to Local Authorities to improve the energy efficiency of domestic dwellings of low-income households in England

The aim was to retrofit 700 of the worst insulated homes with energy efficiency installations and low carbon heating across Birmingham. Examples include:

  • External Wall/Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Loft Insulation
  • Draught Proofing
  • Double Glazed Windows/Doors
  • High Retention Storage Heaters
  • Air Source heat pumps
  • Solar panels 

The programme was delivered in collaboration with the MECC Trust, Acocks Greener and Retrofit Balsall Heath, trusted local multi-cultural community organisations providing hands on support with resident engagement.

OUTCOMES

  • 649 properties retrofitted
  • 1,091 energy efficiency measures installed:
  • 1 Cavity wall
  • 123 Loft insulations
  • 3 Room in roof insulation
  • 1 Air source heat pump
  • 348 Solar Panels
  • 268 Double glazed windows
  • 253 Double glazed doors
  • 55 LED lighting
  • 22 Heating and hot water controls (Smart Stats)
  • 15 Draught proofing
  • 440 Ventilation installs/upgrades
  • 2,600+ mailshots 
  • 50+ community events 
  • 1,500+ applications received
  • 996 retrofit assessments 
  • 1,000+ technical surveys completed
Why

Balsall Heath, Acocks Green and Tyseley Community Upgrades - LAD3 Contract Overview

Service

This complex multi-disciplinary project began in September 2022 and was completed in November 2023. It was delivered as part of the Midland Net Zero Hub (MNZH) consortium which comprises 43 members in the East and West Midlands. Of the total MNZH regional delivery, Acivico delivered the most significant proportion of the LAD3 programme; a total of 15% of all homes installed, including 20% of all measure installs, in what was the single largest LAD3 project in the country. The work comprised of the provision of energy efficiency measures to domestic housing properties in accordance with PAS 2035 specification. The installation measures included cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, draught proofing, photovoltaic solar panels, double glazing, external wall insulation, air source heat pumps and  LED lighting.

The average spend per household was £10,000 of upgrades free of charge to homeowners, whilst private landlords were requested to cover a third of the cost. In some streets, 95 per cent of residents signed up to request their homes to be surveyed.

Community engagement was the critical success factor in the delivery of this programme of work.

The scale of the scheme is impressive, with over 1,500 households signed up and 649 homes retrofitted in some of the most deprived areas of Birmingham. Vast improvements have been made to improve energy efficiency performance, reduce fuel bills, lower carbon emissions, and create more comfortable and healthier living environments.

Why

Programme Benefits

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  • Approximately 182,936 kg of CO2 saved annually to support Birmingham City Council’s sustainability targets (this is the equivalent to planting a forest about 0.66km2)
  • 896kWp of solar power was installed which is expected to produce around 722,600kWh a year of energy and reduce residents’ energy bills by a total of £97,000 per year (based on a unit price of £0.27 per kWh) 
  • Measures installed delivered an average estimated saving of 405 CO2 tonnes being emitted.
  • 58 Energy Cafes held and attended by almost 1,000 home owners
Why

Community Engagement

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Community Group Workshops
Acivico facilitated several community workshops with local groups to educate residents on energy saving and retrofit, and encourage community led collaborative working between local community groups.

Energy Cafes
Acivicoalso funded and mentored five local residentsto complete the National Energy 

Action (NEA) Level 3 Award in Energy Awareness, to qualify as local advisors and 

become community energy champions,providingongoing energy advice in the community. 

These advisors are now qualified to provide support for accessing grants and/or benefits, educating residents to change behaviours, to help reduce energy consumption, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint. 

This scheme was used as a springboard for promoting local empowerment and community led projects, providing residents the opportunity to influence the delivery of their own net zero neighbourhood. Acivico supported local groups to develop the messaging and allowed them to take the lead on deciding which tools and techniques would be most effective in engaging their communities, creating a sense of local ownership. This included delivering community events and briefings, designing print material for leaflet drops, door-to-door canvassing, social media campaigns and promotional videos. An example of the outcome of this community led engagement can be found here: https://youtu.be/suyhiDkIirg

Some of these residents are now employed by local community groups, commissioned to provide a community engagement provision for other retrofit projects, across Birmingham.

Acivico facilitated 58 Energy cafes to promote the scheme and energy use awareness. These were attended by 991 residents, along with door-to-door engagement with local community groups that spoke to 8,355 residents. Some of the energy cafes continue to take place under local leadership, leaving a legacy of sustainability at the heart of the community.

Why

Installations

Service

Community Group Workshops
Acivico facilitated several community workshops with local groups to educate residents on energy saving and retrofit, and encourage community led collaborative working between local community groups.

Energy Cafes
Acivicoalso funded and mentored five local residentsto complete the National Energy 

Action (NEA) Level 3 Award in Energy Awareness, to qualify as local advisors and 

become community energy champions,providingongoing energy advice in the community. 

These advisors are now qualified to provide support for accessing grants and/or benefits, educating residents to change behaviours, to help reduce energy consumption, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint. 

This scheme was used as a springboard for promoting local empowerment and community led projects, providing residents the opportunity to influence the delivery of their own net zero neighbourhood. Acivico supported local groups to develop the messaging and allowed them to take the lead on deciding which tools and techniques would be most effective in engaging their communities, creating a sense of local ownership. This included delivering community events and briefings, designing print material for leaflet drops, door-to-door canvassing, social media campaigns and promotional videos. An example of the outcome of this community led engagement can be found here: https://youtu.be/suyhiDkIirg

Some of these residents are now employed by local community groups, commissioned to provide a community engagement provision for other retrofit projects, across Birmingham.

Acivico facilitated 58 Energy cafes to promote the scheme and energy use awareness. These were attended by 991 residents, along with door-to-door engagement with local community groups that spoke to 8,355 residents. Some of the energy cafes continue to take place under local leadership, leaving a legacy of sustainability at the heart of the community.

Why

Scheme Awards

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Retrofit Academy Social Value 2024 – Winner

The Retrofit Academy Awards highlight excellence in retrofitting across the market. The LAD3 Balsall Heath contract was awarded the 2024 Social Value Award.

 

BE-ST Awards 2023 – Winner

Built Environment – Smarter Transformation (BE-ST) – Accelerate to Zero Awards 2023 –Celebrating those who are making the biggest contribution to decarbonising the built environment. Collaborative Partnership category award winner.

 

Constructing Excellence West Midlands Awards

2024 – Shortlisted
Shortlisted in the Regeneration & Retrofit category.

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“I always talk about the solar panels because I think they are the best. I absolutely love them; I’m telling everybody they’re so fantastic. It was the fact that it got everybody talking about it and interested in it which made sure I followed it through rather than tossing it away. I’d like to think I would do it without the community effort, but it was a sense of community that got me going.”

Jan Burley