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Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy consultation closes 3rd March!

The #Edinburgh Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (#LHEES) and Delivery Plan consultation closes on Sunday 3rd March! It’s significant to future decarbonisation in the city. There’s a major focus on #CleanHeat (heat pumps and future heat networks), but does it say enough about #EnergyEfficiency? Anything (else) missing? Have your say now, using the link…

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Community Buildings: Are you wasting energy on heating?

HeatHack is a national volunteer group doing good work helping UK community spaces and churches understand and improve thermal comfort and heating. They are holding an event on Thursday 25th January 10am – 12noon at Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL focussing on ways to reduce energy waste in buildings by helping community…

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A tenement owners’ association is a community group. Tell us about yours!

The Collective strongly believes that collaborative community-led building retrofit and improvement is the way of the future. Start with owners’ associations in tenements. Although traditionally associated with reactive repair, and maintenance, to avoid further deterioration in building fabric condition, in the future a stair’s owners’ association (OA) should be key to proactively improving affordability, comfort…

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A History of Cooperation and Community in the Edinburgh Colonies

The idea of working collectively as a community to improve housing is by no means new in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Colonies are a remarkable example to take as inspiration, and an example of the great things that can be achieved. There’s a talk coming up on the evening of 11 December, being put on by…

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The benefits of an Owners’ Association in a tenement (with a case study)

A significant number of people joining our mailing list, say they’d like help with ‘starting and running an Owners’ Association’. If you live in a tenement flat you probably know the term, but did you know that there is a formal definition, and that within a few years all tenements are likely to need to…

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The Collective’s approach, and setting up community groups of different scales (short videos, slides etc)

Presentations from our Better Communities through Building Improvements Workshop A recording of the five fascinating (if we say so ourselves!) short presentations from our Better Communities through Building Improvements Workshop of 2nd October 23 is now available, below and on our YouTube channel. The slides themselves (as spoken to in the video, but also including…

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‘What do I do next?’ towards local collaborative working … Events in October to help you!

The Collective believes that by working together, building retrofit and improvement can happen at scale, for a wider variety of people, with advantages in costs and quality, whilst also developing closer, more resilient communities. It may well be that you’re already intrigued by the potential of the idea and want to explore it further, but…

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Homeowners Questionnaire results are out!

In June and July 2023 we used a city-wide questionnaire to ask people about the challenges of homeowner retrofit, to spread the word about the potential for collaborative community-led retrofit, to gather opinions on the perceived relative importance of different aspects and to get input on what might ease the process. We’re using the results…

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Insulation vs Ventilation: Video of our expert webinar on applied building physics in energy efficiency retrofit

In June 2023 our first online educational event was an expert presentation on the building physics to be considered in contemplating energy efficiency retrofit interventions “Insulation vs Ventilation: How buildings ‘work’ in relation to retrofit“. Our speaker was Dr Jon Stinson, of Building Research Solutions, based near Edinburgh. The recorded presentation is available for reference…

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Under One Roof: Recommended for impartial information on repairs and maintenance for flat owners in Scotland

The Collective’s focus is on supporting the development of resilient communities in Edinburgh via community-led improvement of buildings (including through planned maintenance as well as retrofit), with the owners of a tenement stair being a prime example of such a community on a smaller scale. Under One Roof is a very complementary organisation that has…