Phase two complete
We have come to the end of our winter 2016/17 surveying season, and completion of phase two of the CHEESE project. Despite some difficulties with funding early on in the season, we are pleased to be able to report some impressive achievements. The pilot last year was led by thermal imaging expert Brian Harper, who conducted the surveys with trainee CHEESE surveyors and provided his own equipment and energy-saving boxes from his project in Malvern. This year however, we have recruited and trained 13 of our own Energy Tracer surveyors, who have operated in pairs throughout this season to deliver surveys across Bristol, using a refined technique with our own low-cost equipment.
This winter 2016/17 surveying season, we completed 56 internal surveys, concentrated in our target wards of Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston, Bishopston, Cotham, Easton, Filwood and Redland, but extending also to other wards including Westbury-on-Trym and Stockwood. Feedback testimonials from households have been very rewarding, including the following quote from one householder: "I just wanted to say how BRILLIANT the Cheese Survey experience was!...I have already started sealing gaps and stuffing holes under skirting boards - I swear its warmer already!"
This significant success has been underpinned by many people, many of them volunteers, all of whom are owed a big thanks, including: the project director Mike Andrews, our coordinator Nick Clack, the Energy Tracers, a huge amount of work by Jeremy Birch on the development of and technical support for our CHEESE thermal imaging kits and the software they use, the sourcing and development of our 40 CHEESE energy-saving boxes, the development of the website and sophisticated survey database to enable later analysis by Jamie Hanlon, and our other CHEESE committee members, Sue Nicholls and Dave Tudgey.
We are looking towards the expansion of the project next winter and are already seeking more homes to survey! We will be providing updates on the project via this website and on Twitter, but in the meantime of you want to get in touch with us, you can Tweet us @CHEESEBristol, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHEESE at the Easton Food Assembly
Nick and Jamie were at this week's Food Assembly meeting in Easton community centre to spread the word about CHEESE (not to sell any!). Keep an eye out for us at other events...
Plugging Bristol's energy gaps
In this quarter's edition of the Bristol Cable newspaper, CHEESE gets a mention in an article on the poor thermal efficiency of Bristol's housing stock and the growing problem of fuel povery. Read the full article in the print or on their website.
Second Energy Tracer training session
We held our second training session on 26th/27th November, which was again kindly hosted by the Ambition Lawrence Weston youth centre. After a productive two days of the theory and practice of domestic thermal imaginag, five more enthusiastic traineers are well on their way to becoming fully-fledged Energy Tracers!
Health and Safety for home visits workshop
The Centre for Sustainable Energy provided a training session this weekend for trainee CHEESE Energy Tracers on health and safety for home visits. This provided a forum to discuss the expectations of the surveyor and the householder and issues associated with visiting peoples homes, including the risks.
First Energy Tracer training session
We ran a successful first training session for Energy Tracers surveyors on 9th/10th October, held at the Ambition Lawrence Weston youth centre. This was a full two days, which included the theory of thermal imaging and building construction, and introduction to the CHEESE thermal imaging equipment and hands-on experience with some practice surveying.
Funding granted from Lottery Awards for All
We are please to announce that the CHEESE Project has been awarded £10,000 by Lottery Awards for All. This will help up to purchase equipment and to run the Energy Tracer training courses, in preparation for our planned surveys this winter.
CHEESE featured in Hong Kong documentary
The CHEESE Project was recenlty approached by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), the public broadcaster of Hong Kong. They were researching the potential for carbon reductions through energy-efficiency measures implemented in the home and wanted to find out more about our approach. They came and visited us in May and the documentary is now available to watch online. The part featuring CHEESE is in part two, at around 11 minutes and 36 seconds in.
CHEESE at the Bristol Energy Hub
Bristol Energy kindly invited the CHEESE project to run a stall on 2nd and 9th April in their new Energy Hub, located on the Bristol Harbourside. This was a great opportunity to showcase the achievements and ambitions of CHEESE to members of the public.
Funding granted from Bristol Community Energy Fund
The CHEESE Project has been granted £10,000 to continue its phase 2 development in 2016/17 from the Bristol Community Energy Fund.
CHEESE wins Volunteers for Energy Award 2016
The CHEESE project won the Volunteers for Energy Award at the Bristol Green Capital Partnership Green Volunteers' Awards 2016, held at BGC/Wildlife Consortium awards evening. We would like to congratulate all who have helped to make the pilot project a success.
11,000 Heatview images
After a big effort this winter, the Heatview map now has 11,000 thermal images covering Bishopston, Cotham, Redland, Easton and Lawrence Weston. Take a look and see if you can find your house in one of these areas!
Pilot phase complete
We have now completed over 30 internal house surveys in Bristol over the winter months, bringing our total to over 50 houses since March 2015. This completes our pilot project and we are now ready to expand into other city wards in phase two in 2016/17.