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After the glorious extended dry summer we have encountered and mini-drought this year, I suppose it was inevitable that concerns about climate change would not be so far behind. I do believe the majority of scientists and a big fan of microgeneration technologies, utilising wind & solar, instead of usual carbon based sources.
On a recent trip to Scotland, South of Edinburgh, someone has already calculated that an average of just about 3.5+ hours of sunshine a day, might be sufficient to invest in.
Its not surprising that homeowners and Socialhousing landlords, including Torus & GGHT in my own locality, are investing in solar panels, to offset resident energy costs. These also make a significant contribution, particularly during the summer, to the national grid. Earlier in 2017, it was stated that in a particular June week, renewables provided over half of the UK electricity supply. See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40198567
EPC’s (Energy Performance Certificates) have been an EU requirement for summarising the energy efficiency of buildings, since 2007, initially as part of HIPS. I have often worked with and introduced asset management solutions that enable the rdSAP figure to be recorded and monitored over time.
Typically, improvements in more efficient heating and insulation will increase a rdSAP rating from the mid 60’s towards and ideal of 100.
Interestingly enough, addition of microgeneration, such as wind turbine or solar PV on the roof could potentially increase the SAP rating above 100. IE a property could become a new generator of energy. I discovered this recently working with a local RSL, when an EPC could not be recorded within an asset management module, as an upper limit of 100 was being imposed by the software. While a helpdesk call was already logged, it was only progressed when the use of solar PV was shown.
I so enjoy working with innovative landlords. We need much more thinking out of the box to safeguard our planet and reduce resident fuel costs.
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