Surefoot - our current projects
Tackling heat loss and energy efficiency in community buildings, Surefoot working in collaboration with HeatHack is delighted to announce confirmation of an Ingenious Public Engagement Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Surefoot has been awarded £29,600 for this project which will run from May 2022 through July 2023. Surefoot associate Jean Carletta had the inspiration for this project and successfully bid for the opportunity with the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Project Overview - Important but challenging buildings
For this project, a small team of people from across Surefoot and HeatHack will be working together to deliver a programme that will help churches and community buildings across Scotland understand what a net zero future means for their premises.
Overall, the project will deliver the programme to 40 small groups involved in running church and community premises from across Scotland.
These important community spaces are difficult to move to Net Zero. BUT they are some of the hardest buildings to manage because they are traditionally built, often listed, and not designed to modern heating requirements!
This Surefoot project has two main objectives:
HeatHack’s volunteer engineers will work with church and community groups to help them understand the basic principles behind thermal modelling and apply them to their own spaces.
The programme combines some technical learning and engineering investigation of the premises and heating and ventilation systems with Surefoot’s hallmark facilitation approach.
Under the engineers’ guidance, each group will complete four two-hour exercises in their buildings over the course of a year. They will also be equipped with devices to capture temperature data from their buildings.
Participants will explore how heating systems work, heat loss, thermal comfort and possible future changes to their buildings in the drive to Net Zero.
Importantly, the process includes how best to bring people along with enabling change as the groups then plan and hold a community consultation showcasing their learning.
This project will change the futures of some important buildings and create a culture in which communities remember to seek out and value the engineers who live among them. Open content materials will be produced for wider circulation.
Registrations open in early June 2022 with the first groups starting in September. Please Contact HeatHack for more information.
More about HeatHack
HeatHack is a group of volunteers working on an interesting question: how can we make Scotland’s community spaces comfortable on less energy use?
Over the years, HeatHack has developed techniques for:
HeatHack’s work empowers the volunteers who manage community buildings to have the right conversations with the professionals they engage, leading to better building outcomes.
The Surefoot Effect CIC is a Community Interest Company that helps communities, businesses and governments put sustainability and resilience at the heart of what they do. Our approach encourages people to explore their emotions, motivations and behaviours and to make positive changes for themselves and their communities.
The premise of the project is that mental disorders are the fastest-growing category of diseases with which health systems must cope and that a high-quality education promoting emotional, social and cognitive development is widely recognized as key to successful interventions in breaking the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage. The project will promote an educational approach to foster good mental health through empathy, self-discovery and expression, creativity and innovation in pre-adolescents/adolescents and to support them in better understanding themselves and finding commonality with others. Partners will create an innovative curriculum with specific competencies and methods to identify and support students’ identity formation and to address challenging behaviours and strong emotional responses.
Our partners in this project are Institut IVIZ (Slovenia), Red Europea los Jóvenes importan ahora (Spain) and Unglingasmiðjurnar Stígur og Tröð (Iceland).
The project’s main goal is to connect European cultural heritage with human and environmental health. This includes guided walking routes and a recipe book to highlight European culture, promote exercise, mindfulness, nutrition, and work towards sustainability goals. The walking routes, the recipe book and all the activities associated with the project will be put into a mobile application that people will be able to access from anywhere in Europe.
Our partners in this project are Centro de Estudios Ecológicos Abrazohouse (Spain), Innovation Frontiers IKE (Greece) and VsI Ziniu Kodas (Lithuania).