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Energy efficiency retrofit in tower blocks - with Rockwool: Wilmcote House


Wilmcote House

Following on from an earlier research project with Rockwool on the Edward Woods estate , we are currently working on a project in Wilmcote House, Portsmouth. The £12.9 million retrofit project is being delivered by Portsmouth City Council in partnership with ECD Architects, Rockwool (insulation provider for works), and Keepmoat (constructor).

Our research has a qualitative focus on social impacts and outcomes of the project from a residents’ perspective, looking specifically at quality of life, community relations, and fuel poverty. It draws heavily on previous LSE research undertaken on the subject of tower blocks retrofit. The new definition of Fuel Poverty informs the understanding of the concept, and the angle from which the issue has been looked at.

Watch Anne Power talk about the initial research findings on Wilmcote House:

We are interviewing residents over three phases of the work (before, during and after the major works) and ask people about: their homes and the wider estate / area environment; their sense of security; current energy usage and expenditure; income, heating strategies and the extent to which they were struggling to pay energy bills; levels of social interaction or community participation; household health; and concerns about the refurbishment project.

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