Features

EnAct looks for creative ways to explore particular aspects of COLD@HOME themes. Check out the Features summaries below, and follow the links to related content.  

24 April 2016 | ENERGY EFFICIENCY AS A HEALTH CURE

Improving houses to improve health and well-being is a core element of the Irish government's recently launched fuel poverty strategy. With a budget of EUR 20 million over three years (2016-19), Ireland's new strategy is designed to demonstrate that energy efficiency investments improve personal health, thereby reducing public health costs. It also sets out goals of empowering individuals through energy savings and upgrading the quality of the rental housing market. 

The ambitious strategy is backed up by cross-sectoral engagement, shared responsibilities, a new model for governance and plans for independent assessment. 

 

 

 

29 March, 2016 | PENNIES MAKE POUNDS

In 2012, 386 000 of households in Wales were estimated to be in fuel poverty - almost 30% of the total population and a rise of 54 000 compared with 2008. Dawn McInnes, a single mother with two growing boys - Nathan and Callum - recognised her family was on the brink, and began looking for ways to take control of the situation. "Pennies make pounds" has become the household motto. 

Over the same period, the Welsh government launched a strategic initiative to improve the energy performance of houses across the country. A focus on the town of Merthyr-Tidfyl provides some interesting glimpses of success factors and challenges in the Arbed Scheme.  

 

 

7 March, 2016 | WHERE DOES FUEL POVERTY EXIST?

Rates of fuel poverty vary drastically from country to country or even among communities within a country. Across the European Union (EU) for example, 70% of people in Bulgaria are unable to keep their homes adequately warm in winter, while rates in more northern countries are much lower - i.e. only 9.6% in Estonia, 7.1% in Denmark and 3.5% in Sweden. This week, COLD@HOME starts exploring causes of fuel poverty that reflect specific contexts, and examining why it is so important to apply fit-for-purpose solutions.  

22 February, 2016 | WHAT DO COLD HOMES COST A COUNTRY?

Strong evidence links cold homes to a number of health problems, ranging from mild to severe; in some cases, chronic cold can be  fatal. EnAct has collaborated with the BRE (Buildings Research Establishment) in the United Kingdom to explore 'cold' as a housing hazard and just how much cold homes end up costing the National Health Service.

15 February, 2016 | COLD AT HOME (web documentary)

Katja, Stephan and Masha are three of an estimated 100 million people in industrialized countries who can't afford enough energy to keep their homes warm in winter. 

COLD@HOME starts with their story to make a strong point: with rates of fuel poverty ranging from 8% to 43% in different countries, most of us will be close to someone living in it.