Housing association of the year for Dunedin Canmore

Edinburgh-based Dunedin Canmore, part of Wheatley Group, won ‘Housing Association of the Year’ at the annual National Energy Efficiency Retrofit Awards in Birmingham.

David Baptie, Senior Building Surveyor (Planned), Dunedin Canmore and George Donaldson, Managing Director, Insulation Solutions Scotland, celebrate with their award

Dunedin Canmore’s ‘Energy 2020’ initiative delivered a range of energy-efficient improvements, including  200 new gas boilers, enhanced levels of insulation and draft-proof doors and windows.

The ‘Energy 2020’ project also saw customers get money-saving energy advice from Dunedin Canmore’s own Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT).

HEAT advisors visited customers at home and helped people manage fuel bills, switch energy suppliers, apply for discounted schemes and, depending on their circumstances, clear fuel debt.

Over the next four years, the project will focus on making sure the majority of Dunedin Canmore’s homes meet the Scottish Governments Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH).

Dunedin Canmore Chief Executive Ewan Fraser said: “We know that fuel poverty is a very real issue for our customers and part of our strategy across Wheatley Group is to invest more in energy-saving initiatives.

“We have worked hard at Dunedin Canmore to deliver projects that make a real difference to our customers’ well-being. We are delighted to receive this award and we appreciate the recognition of our determination to do the best for our customers and the environment.”

A recent customer survey completed by Dunedin Canmore tenants whose homes were upgraded under the ‘Energy 2020’ initiative found 96% of tenants agreed their home was warmer and 68% believed their health had improved as a result of the improvements to their home.


Thursday, September 22, 2016