EiE supporting community buildings
Enrich - Energy efficiency support for village halls and community buildings
EiE is working in partnership with TOE2 and the ORCC to provide energy efficiency support to village halls and community centres across Oxfordshire. The aim of the project is to increase the impact of funding for energy efficiency building improvements by supporting the priorities of energy saving for operations of buildings as well as in planning improvements. A challenge of the project is balancing the reduction of energy use with aim to increase community use of the buildings.
The project has two main elements:
- Energy audits
Halls and centres are provided with a subsidised energy audit to prioritise actions leading to reduced energy use. EiE reinforces each visit with a detailed audit report and provides follow up for 6 months to help hall committees with implementation.
Jumpers and Scarves is a half day workshop aimed at helping community buildings realise energy efficiency savings through management of current energy use and considering efficiency opportunities in planned building upgrades. As decisions in community buildings are made by committees who have limited time to consider options and understand energy implications, the workshop highlights key energy efficiency practices and includes a focus on group decision making.
Enrich first year summary
- 22 Audits delivered to community buildings across Oxfordshire
- 4 workshops provided to 57 delegates
An indicator of the benefits from the project is improving benefits to the community through:
- Sustaining hall finances
- Increasing public use of halls
- Wider range of hall activity
- Enriching volunteer skills base
A full report detailing all outcomes to date can be viewed here.
Please contact us for more information.
EiE and the Low Carbon Hub, with the support of ORCC conducted a survey of Oxfordshire village halls and community centres to determine relevant issues related to energy use and help define the need for support. The survey captured data about energy use in over 150 community buildings.
The responses have helped develop EiE and the Low Carbon Hub's approach to energy reduction in community buildings as well as issues of renewable energy and building management.
Summary of results
- Most of the community buildings in the survey are not purpose built, but have been inherited from other original uses
- Many buildings were in use over 30 hours a week and this frequent usage demonstrates the importance of such buildings to communities
- Just over half of buildings in the survey had a central heating system, but a significant proportion did not and were using free standing or wall mounted heaters instead
- A large number of survey respondents were interested in receiving further support on energy efficiency
Part of the project also included identifying community buildings that are exemplars on energy issues. This required EiE to visit the halls and understand the actions taken. The exemplar case studies are available here: http://www.lowcarbonhub.org/resource/powering-down-your-community
EiE supports Eco-Centres in Oxfordshire
The Eco-Centres award programme for public and community buildings provides a framework for participants to embed sustainability at the heart of their ethos and operations.
EiE are supporting the first 6 community buildings in Oxfordshire to work towards the Eco-Centre Award. Community centres taking up this challenge range from a brand new building with a committee determined to embed environmental practices from opening day through to a 1980’s building that is undergoing a refurbishment and are linking this with the Eco-Centre project. What these buildings have in common is a group of local people that want to broadcast the environmental actions the community building has taken and make their community building a beacon of good environmental practice for their community.
Contact EiE if you would like to become one of Oxfordshire first Eco-Centres.
For more information on the Eco-centres award visit: http://www.eco-centres.org.uk/aboutecocentres/ecocentresaward