CLPM regularly work with charitable organisations, helping them reduce their running costs and improve their sustainability.
Restore is a mental health charity based in Oxfordshire. We were asked to help them address issues they had with the comfort experienced by those using their buildings, as well as their heating bills.
With a variety of older buildings some of which were in a poor state of repair, and which had complex usage patterns and high energy bills, our remit was to help them make their improvements so that they could to reduce their running costs and improve their sustainability.
The energy efficiency audit, which was generously paid for by an anonymous donor, began with assessing exactly where the energy was being used. We carried out an analysis of the fabric and energy usage of each building by inspecting the various buildings and installing specialist measuring equipment.
This enabled us to detail where energy was potentially being wasted and what were the most practical opportunities for improvement, both in energy efficiency and comfort. Next we sent a questionnaire to every staff member and volunteer to determine their attitudes and behaviour regarding sustainability. It’s always important to get users’ views on what is wrong and how things can be improved.
The staff were keen to help the charity and offered a number of comments on how not only how to reduce the charity’s energy usage but also how they could cut their water usage and improve their recycling facilities.
Pleasingly, the review prompted a local company to donate some photo-voltaic panels free of charge to Restore.
We will be helping the team to select the best place to site these and installing them soon.
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It was a fantastic opportunity when we were offered the sustainability report from CLPM. The work Tony Duffin carried out really helped us to look at our use of buildings and energy and how we could make changes to help not only us, but the environment. One of the major changes we have already implemented was the installation of Solar Panels on our Elder Stubb’s Building at Rymers Lane and we have also started remedial work to our Straw Bale Building which was badly needed but had gone unnoticed by us.
There are many more small changes still to be adopted that will continue to reinforce the sustainability of our carbon footprint. This was a most useful resource that Restore has found very valuable and we would like to offer our grateful thanks.