Warm Zones Reactive Repair Service

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January 2018 | Luke Garrett (NEA) This report presents the results of the pilot phase evaluation of the Warms Zones Reactive Repair Service (WZRRS) which currently operates in parts of the West Midlands region, and began operation in September 2016. NEA evaluated the scheme ahead of a planned wider roll out in 2017/18 and into… Read more »

Understanding carbon monoxide risk in households vulnerable to fuel poverty

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January 2018 | Juliette Burroughs (NEA) This research investigated the relationship between fuel poverty and carbon monoxide (CO) risk in households on low incomes and in vulnerable situations. Over the course of two heating seasons (October to April) in 2015/16 and 2016/17 NEA collected data from 349 households, targeting those on low incomes and with… Read more »

Independent evaluation of the “Chop-cloc” product in the Scottish Borders

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September 2017 | Bryony Holroyd, Michael Hamer (NEA) The project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the complimentary Chop-cloc product fitted to gas fired central heating systems, in terms of assessing the size of any energy and cost savings made – particularly whether these meet the manufacturer’s claims – and any other customer experience issues… Read more »

Independent evaluation of the “Tadpole” product

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September 2017 | Bryony Holroyd, Michael Hamer (NEA) The project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the complimentary “tadpole” product fitted to gas fired central heating systems, in terms of assessing the size of any energy and cost savings made – particularly whether these meet the manufacturer’s claims – and any other customer experience issues… Read more »

Sutainable Multi-Storey Communities

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September 2017 | Newcastle University and NEA Overview of the interdisciplinary multi-storey research communities project

Evaluation of the Npower Fuel Bank™

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This report presents the results of a second phase of evaluation of the npower Fuel Bank™ scheme.  While the pilot evaluation (phase one) examined the experience and impact of the scheme from the perspective of service users and service providers (food bank staff and volunteers), this report focuses solely on service users. Fieldwork took place… Read more »

Impacts of energy-efficiency investments on internal conditions in low-income households

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April 2017 | Wouter Pourtinga, Shiyu Jang, Charlotte Grey & Chris Tweed, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University Improving the energy efficiency of the housing stock may bring multiple positive health gains through improved indoor temperatures and reduced fuel consumption. This study used a multilevel interrupted time-series approach to evaluate a policy-led energy-performance investment programme…. Read more »

Cold homes, fuel poverty and energy efficiency improvements: A longitudinal focus group approach

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April 2017 | Charlotte N. B. Grey, Tina Schmieder-Gaite, Shiyu Jiang, Wouter Poortinga from Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and Christina Nascimento, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University Cold homes have been identified as factors in health and social inequalities. Research on fuel poverty and the health impacts of affordable warmth initiatives have to… Read more »

Connecting Homes for Health: Phase 1 review

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March 2017 | The Connecting Homes for Health: Phase 1 Review has been prepared by NEA for Northern Gas Networks (NGN) with the intention of identifying a possible pathway for piloting revised and more inclusive criteria for connecting vulnerable households to the gas network. Such a pilot would go beyond currently eligibility criteria for the… Read more »

The short-term health and psychosocial impacts of domestic energy efficiency investments in low-income areas: a controlled before and after study

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January 2017 | Charlotte N. B. Grey, Shiyu Jiang, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Christina Nascimento, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Sarah E. Rodgers, Rhodri Johnson, Ronan A. Lyons, Farr Institute, Swansea University Medical School, Swansea University. Wouter Poortinga, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University & School of Psychology, Cardiff University Research suggests that living in fuel poverty and cold homes contributes… Read more »

 
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