Background to the programme
Héliose, an energy and climate association, is the Energy Info Space in the Loire; A study conducted in 2012 by Loire Héliose and PACT has shown that about 34% of households found themselves in fuel poverty in the department in 2008. The housing stock is very old, interventions on the buildings are an important element but are difficult to implement because of their high cost despite numerous support, such as the Living Better program.
Program in development for 3 years and the first building project in November 2014.
Objectives of the programme
- Implement 5 experimental and participatory eco-renovation projects for individual houses
- Favour the use of ecological materials (wood fibres, cork, wood, salvaged materials etc ...)
- Support owners and tenants in the thermal improvement and refurbishment of their home
- Re-engage people who are in situations of exclusion, in a positive social dynamic through technical intervention with active involvement
- Identification of households by social workers from the department of the Loire or the CAF
- Implementation of renovation work: thermal improvement or mitigation work, involving households by raising awareness of energy issues and air quality, participation in the work supported in part by professionals and volunteers.
- The projects' technical dimensions are supported by professionals from La Scierie (see partnerships)
- Participatory and solidarity dimension: in addition to participating in the work on their own homes, households undertake to devote time to other projects
- Financing of the Engineering: General Council, CAF, ADEME, Fondation de France
- Financing of work: ADEME, Fondation de France, the Petites Pierres by complementing ANAH aid
Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions
In November 2014: 4 families identified, including 2 withdrawals (setting up time too long and ARA conditions not suitable); 2 sites will be set up
First site (37% energy savings planned):
• In ARA: insulation of the roof and the outside north wall
• Professionals: changing the openings, installing a VMC and a wood-burning stove
2nd site (outcomes concerning degradation more than energy savings):
• ARA: roof insulation
• Professionals: return to electricity and heating standards
In both cases, the ARA has enabled the completion of the files by allowing the implementation of additional work to achieve the minimum 25% energy savings required to obtain aid from the "Better Living" program.
This program puts into practice supported DIY renovation. Though this method has already been proven in the field, it is still not widespread and encounters reluctance from professionals and at an institutional level. Experiments helping to strengthen to proof of the concept are interesting if they can deliver concrete results.
Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme
- La Scierie: association created in 2010 in an old sawmill converted into a workshop and shared cultural space (http://lascierie.eklablog.fr/)
- CAF and the General Council of the Loire
- ADEME: the project is part of a PREBAT program (which funds experiments to fight against precariousness in housing)
- Fondation de France: the project was selected as part of the call for home improvement projects
- The petites pierres (small stones): crowdfunding platform that enables the integration of citizens through another dimension and in addition to volunteering
- ISONAT: Supplied insulation of wood fibres at a preferential rate
- EffiRéno: The business group is mobilised to respond to the "Professional" part of the additional work from ARA (heating, ventilation, electricity, adaptation ...)
- OSL: Social Observatory of Lyon participates in the program in its evaluation/research stage
Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :
- Insurance problems: difficult to insure the volunteers who are not part of the home and complicated to insure the role of technical facilitator internally in the association
Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :
- Partnership with companies involved in "La Scierie" for technical management of projects and taking out "ten year" insurance.
Suggestions for future improvement :
- Identification and mobilisation of 3 other households to supplement the two already underway
- Follow the evolution of ANAH measures vis-à-vis ARA to adapt the program
Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :
- Partnership with the General Council and CAF who participated in the initiation of the project and enabled the identification and social support of households
Ideas for basic or applied research topics, that could be useful to the programme :
Setting up a fund for DIY supported renovation and/or a stock of materials.
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