The Low Energy Apartment Futures (LEAF) project website,www.lowenergyapartments.eu was launched at a Scottish Government event last week.

LEAF is the new EU funded pilot project which aims to improve the energy efficiency of flats and tenements, a common challenge across Europe.

The new project and site was unveiled at the Scottish Government’s Social Housing Energy Forum in Edinburgh. Tessa Clark, Changeworks’ Researcher, presented learnings from recent research on engaging tenement owners with energy efficiency, carried out for Consumer Futures. Later in the day Changeworks Senior Consultant Stuart Hay shared insight on retrofitting flats and the lessons from European research pilots, including the LEAF project. One of the LEAF project partners, Georgi Georgiev of the Fraunhofer Institute, presented case studies on low energy apartments in Germany.

The event proved popular, with delegates from housings associations, local authorities and installers from across Scotland attending. Stuart said, “What’s clear from the discussions today is that finding a solution to retrofitting tenements, which makes up a large proportion of housing stock in Scotland, needs a collaborative approach. The LEAF project is piloting a new communal approach to retrofitting flats and improving their energy efficiency – looking at both the technical and social aspects – bringing together householders, housing associations, environmental charities, technical experts and energy consultants from across Europe.”