Presentation on theme: "Appleby Magna Thermal Imaging Project Appleby Environment Appleby Magna Parish Council."— Presentation transcript:
Appleby Magna Thermal Imaging Project Appleby Environment Appleby Magna Parish Council
Rural village, c. 500 houses Mix of housing types inc: - historic buildings - modern executive homes - social housing Socially mixed: - farmers, ex-miners - commuters - retired Appleby Magna??
Working Together Longstanding community group Working on a range of issues 30+ supporters Enthusiastic volunteers Systems for managing tenders, contracts, budgets Reassurance of ‘community interest’ Allayed privacy concerns Appleby EnvironmentAppleby Magna Parish Council
New Approach We all know energy saving is important There is lots of information out there But most of us don’t make the changes needed Thermal imaging of our community New, visually engaging approach Significance of us all making changes Simple solutions not high pressure sales Individual Problem?Shared Problem?
Martin Hosier of TS Thermal Survey “This has been a really unusual project. It is interesting to compare buildings of all types and ages within one community”
What we Wanted to Achieve Make energy saving a community issue Make people feel their individual actions added up to something bigger Provide people with information & options on their own property Analyse results at community level No-one named and shamed Motivated to take action
Explaining Our Approach Before survey Leaflets door to door Parish News & village website Local press Before exhibition Repeat Thermal Images of a Whole Village Exhibition 5 th March Appleby Magna Church Hall
The Benefits of Publicity Everyone knew imaging was happening & why Positive response Only 1 person asked not to be included Many invited us onto their land to get a better image High turnout for event Village talking point before the event
The Imaging Process Engaged contractors TS Thermal Survey Ltd Pictures taken over four evenings in January We provided list of houses, location, access etc Images linked to spreadsheet of addresses Specialist software used to provide rating for houses (A-G) This allowed us to produce graphs of results by housing type/road etc
Preparation Significant effort up-front so we could use the images as we wanted
Analysis of Images Had to learn to ‘read’ images Combined this with local knowledge Age of properties Property types Personal contacts
Engaging People via the Exhibition Display panels overview of findings Rolling presentation of all images (487) Opportunity to view image of own property Talk to the Surveyor
Green Achievements Generated interest in ‘mundane’ topic of insulation by using thermal imaging Demonstrated new houses not always better than old houses can look similar, act differently ‘simple’ solutions like closing curtains make a difference Changed people’s attitudes towards their home’s insulation Comments like ‘I didn’t realise my cavity walls were still letting out heat’
Community Achievements Major talking point in the village 157 people attended the Exhibition Stands from RCC, NWLDC, National Forest extended interest and information Tea & biscuits kept people talking! Sent out over 70 images after event Recruited supporters to Appleby Environment More active support for our other projects on transport and local food
How we Achieved It Our volunteers and supporters backed by Parish Council Twelve volunteers worked directly on the project over 160 hours, worth £1,120 Communities Cutting Carbon fund grant of £4,250 covered 73% of costs This allowed us to engage professional contractors making the detailed analysis possible Volunteers and SupportersCommunities Cutting Carbon grant
Legacy We have Made images available to householders Put our analysis on our website Negotiated discounts for people who want more detailed reports Circulated information on what can be done Shown the potential for the community to reduce its carbon footprint
What Next? We have raised awareness and interest and provided information... But we need to keep up the momentum By the time we had the exhibition it was already Spring and now we are having a warm Autumn... We are considering events such as ‘Open Eco- houses’, Identifying sources of low cost materials; DIY-helpers etc., Targeted leaflets etc.