Changeworks’ strategy over the next three years is clear and simple – to decarbonise Scotland’s homes.

Here, Changeworks’ Deputy Director for Consultancy and Strategic Delivery, Ian Smith, talks us through the third of the five goals highlighted in the strategy – innovate.

Changeworks knows that to meet the challenges of the climate crisis we need to move beyond business as usual and innovate.

Innovation is one of our values and is the emphasis of goal three as we look to find solutions to the challenges that are faced by householders and social landlords alike, who are looking to decarbonise their homes.

Fundamentally we want to provide the best answers to questions like:

This goal will look to research and pilot business models and technical solutions across a diversity of housing types in both rural and urban settings. When we have piloted those approaches and learnt lessons from doing so, we will have another tool in our toolbox of solutions that we can look to mainstream through our Goal 2, Support.

We will look at a diversity of areas and deliver innovative solutions where we'll maximise the opportunities of local and smart energy systems presented through the likes of the rollout of renewables, smart metering storage and demand management, and will maximise opportunities to connect to new communal heat networks or existing district heating.

We'll also develop solutions for households and social landlords looking for retrofit solutions that are whole house versus single measure. This might include architectural pattern books to provide clarity as to what work is required and detailed solutions for particular housing types.

Finally, we'll also look at alternative businesses and business models, such as heat as a service, building on previous research already carried out within Changeworks so that we can overcome barriers of affordability and convenience.

Learn more about Goal 3 and Changeworks 2022-2025 strategy to drive the decarbonisation of homes in Scotland.