The IFORE (Innovation for Renewal) project improved the carbon efficiency of 100 homes in Rushenden, Kent.
'Combining energy efficient technology with high quality energy advice is essential for achieving lasting change'.
These were the findings of our cross-channel retrofit project 'IFORE' launched in 2010.
Evidence showed a strong positive correlation between successful retrofit programmes and wider community development. It proved an intensive four year 'test and learn' initiative.
We transformed over 100 homes to be super energy efficient, saving an average of £500 per home on bills. We engaged over 1,000 residents, created 3,000 young energy champions and encouraged nearly 80 people into vocational training.
Elements of the work on homes in Rushenden, Kent were replicated by Pas-de-Calais habitat, a French housing association in Outreau, northern France. The measures carried out in both communities were monitored by the University of Brighton and the Université D'Artois.