How is the Green Doctor helping SME’s and community organisations in the NE and Yorkshire during the energy crisis?

GEMS (Groundwork Energy Management Services) has been running for three years and provides a fully funded energy efficiency report for buildings that are used for community events, or houses in local authority or housing association ownership. The team uses retrofit knowledge to deliver a number of services to help with decarbonisation. The reports provide a summary of current energy use/tariffs and uses of the building. The reports will give some low, medium and high-cost measures to improve the energy efficiency and reduce C02 emissions. Funding for the service has been through Northern Gas Network & Northern Powergrid, the District Network operators for the Northeast & Yorkshire.

The energy performance certificate reports (EPCs) assist the relevant organisations to assess housing stock and facilitate decarbonisation funding bids. Secondly, we have helped to deliver projects where we offer advice on suitable insulation measures that benefit both the dwelling and tenant. Finally, we have also worked on whole house retrofit projects that have seen huge reductions in carbon emissions.

As an example of how this has helped a housing association and their tenants in the North East the Green Doctor GEMS team identified, ‘The complex interplay between multiple novel and proprietary systems has led to heating and hot water systems
with many points of failure that should not be serviced in isolation.’ Additionally, ‘All residents were happy with their homes, though understandably they felt like they had been over-promised in relation to household bills. A common theme was a feeling of ignorance around how to best use their heating systems as well as lengthy and complicated repair mechanisms.’

Through calculating the energy costs of the range of different heating solutions the housing association provided, we were able to conclude with a range or recommendations for the housing association to rationalise on the technologies employed, making savings for both maintenance costs and the tenants.

If you would like to enquire about this service and how it can help your organisation or SME please contact: greendoctorleeds@groundwork.org.uk