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Improving Energy and Carbon Performance of Housing - A Glasgow Case Study

23 Nov 2010
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Where: Seminar room 505, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow G4 0HG
Times: 12:30 - 14:00 (GMT) - Lunch from 12:00


ESRU and Collective Architecture have defined and demonstrated a process for assessing and communicating the energy upgrade options to a residents association, landlord or housing association. The first process step is a meeting with the client to explain the project and get their inputs on the current issues with the building and the range of upgrades of most interest. Following this consultation process the current building performance is established through a physical survey, air-tightness testing, thermography and smoke analysis in representative dwellings. The appropriate upgrade options and best practice examples for the building type are then researched and a reference database created.

The carbon and energy performance of a representative sample of the existing dwellings is then modelled; and the carbon, cost and energy impact of a range of upgrade options quantified. Based on best practice and modelling results some recommendations are provided. A customised version of the modelling tools is made available to the residents association and training offered to allow them to assess further upgrade options on an ongoing basis. The customised tools are similarly available as the starting point for future similar projects. A report of the outcomes of the work is prepared and presented to the clients allowing them to gain understanding.

In this case the process was applied to the quadrangle of traditional red sandstone tenement flats in the west end of Glasgow represented by Garrioch Residents Association. There are many similar properties in Scotland requiring similar upgrades therefore work undertaken in this study can be utilised elsewhere. However, the process is not restricted to these similar properties; it can also be applied to other dwelling types.


Michael Dougall, Collective Architecture

Paul Tuohy, Energy Systems Research Unit, University of Strathclyde Glasgow

Jeremy Cockroft, Energy Systems Research Unit, University of Strathclyde Glasgow


There are two ways to attend this event.

All CIC Start Online members will be invited to attend the online webinar and will receive an email with the meeting link. This will provide a live video feed, presentation and chat area - with the opportunity to contribute to the discussion using either the chat facility or your CIC Start Online headset.  

Online attendance is free of charge to CIC Start Online members.

Please register as a member here – project membership is free.


You can also attend the seminar in person.

A buffet lunch will be provided before the event, providing opportunities for networking with fellow delegates and the seminar speakers.   Lunch and registration starts at 12:00, with the seminar commencing at 12:30.

If you wish to attend the seminar in person, please complete the registration form below.

  • The price is £70 per delegate (£50 for CIC Start Online members).  

Please access the link "Low Carbon Skills Fund" to see whether your organisation is eligible for a 50% subsidy for the seminar fee.

Sorry this event is now fully booked.


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