Surefoot - our projects
Improving energy efficiency and thermal comfort in community spaces, Surefoot working in collaboration with HeatHack is delighted to announce confirmation of an Ingenious Public Engagement Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
For this project, a small team of people from across Surefoot and HeatHack will be working together to deliver a programme to help UK-based churches and community buildings to understand what a net zero future means for their premises. It will help them not just understand energy efficiency and thermal comfort in difficult buildings, but also to think about how their buildings should be used in their local contexts and how to make this change happen.
We are recruiting community groups and volunteer engineers NOW for sessions starting September – December 2022. To apply, please use these forms.
Project Overview - important but challenging buildings
Overall, the project will deliver the programme to 40 small groups involved in running church and community premises from across the UK. 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:
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.
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.
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 HeatHack website contains information about this programme. If you want to know more, you can use the contact form, or email us and ask us to give you a call.
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.