Changeworks has developed a new guide for Scottish Federation of Housing Associations' members which looks at the range and use of renewable technologies. 

Renewables and Low Carbon: A Guide for Housing Associations also explains how best to engage with tenants and provides advice and information on how to get the best out of technologies and evaluate their impact. You can download your copy  from the SFHA website. 

Tessa Clark, Changeworks’ Senior Consultant explains: “We know that many housing associations are increasingly looking to install renewables to help their tenants reduce energy bills, cut CO­2 emissions and meet housing standards. The guide provides a useful starting point for landlords with little or no experience of renewables, as well as advice for all housing associations on the vital aspects of a successful project, such as how to engage your tenants.” 

Energy efficiency is a major issue for housing associations and co-operatives, with fuel poverty rising. The Scottish Government has also introduced the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) which is to be met by 2020. The standard aims to cut fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions in homes and puts an additional onus on landlords to invest in energy efficiency and renewables. 

This guide is one of two pieces of guidance made available by the SFHA to help its members looking to invest in renewables, energy efficiency and low carbon technology. 

Both guides, Renewables and Low Carbon: A Guide for Housing Associations developed by Changeworks and the Guide on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Funding prepared by Community Energy Scotland, are available on the SFHA website.