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Stirling City Heritage Trust are delighted to have been awarded funding to develop a new project to help traditional building owners in the Stirling area to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. Stirling Council has awarded the project £168,226 for 2023-25 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The Retrofit project is also being funded by Historic Environment Scotland.
Many older buildings have poor EPC ratings and insulating them can be challenging due to the potential negative impacts on historic fabric. The new Retrofit and Energy Efficiency service will offer a variety of solutions using dedicated, expert staff who will undertake specialist inspections, offer practical advice and there will be a small grant to assist building owners to undertake appropriate retrofit measures.
Members of the Traditional Buildings Health Check will be able to access the subsidised service from January 2024.
The Traditional Buildings Health Check Retrofit service is a fabric first energy efficiency scheme. Damp buildings are much harder to heat so a ‘fabric first’ approach is important in ensuring that repairs are done before undertaking retrofit measures.
Traditional Buildings Health Check members who have completed the required priority 1 and 2 repairs highlighted during their TBHC Inspection will be able to commission an Energy Efficiency Assessment. The assessment will include an EPC assessment and a bespoke report recommending suitable retrofit measures to improve EPC and the energy efficiency of the building.
The new Retrofit Grant will support TBHC members to undertake recommended retrofit measures.
UK Shared Prosperity Fund
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus