In March 2012 FDT received three years funding from the Climate Challenge Fund to continue the carbon reducing, sustainable projects that we had well underway and expand in to other energy saving and carbon reducing measures within the village.
Our main aim is to create a Low Carbon Centre of Excellence in Fintry. The centre will ensure that knowledge is shared with other community groups similar to ours across Scotland. FDT can provide advice and solutions, to other community groups on the many projects we have undertaken.
Our F8 project continues to expand our work within three strands – Energy, Transport and establishing Fintry as a Low Carbon Centre of Excellence.
Under our current funding from the Climate Challenge Fund, FDT continued our energy efficiency program, providing bespoke energy advice to domestic homes and business within the community. As part of this programme FDT’s energy advice team audited Fintry homes various heating systems, measured energy use within each home, current transport mechanisms, and topics of potential interest. This information allowed FDT’s advice team to identify which energy improvements may suit each home, allowing us to target homes with specific improvements. In turn this now provides a mechanism which also allows us to monitor and evaluate our own progress.
It was recognised, after our 2009 insulation project that a number of homes within the village are of non-traditional construction. Numerous properties are of Cruden Rural Construction, built after the war in the 1950′s – these properties are traditionally metal framed, with external walls being a single layer of concrete. Thus they could not be insulated with traditional insulation measures such as cavity wall. FDT has been working to externally insulate a number of these homes within the community. For more information click here.
Our Fintry Grant scheme continued to be a success within the community. To build upon this and to directly address fuel poverty within the village FDT extended this scheme with FDT’s Warm Home Fund. It includes an additional £500 for homes classed as being fuel poor or spending more than 10% of their household annual income on energy. This fund is targeted at homes who are within the fuel poverty guidelines but are not eligible to receive support from governmental assistance packages. The Warm Home Fund is a direct extension of the Fintry Grant and as such it has the same grant conditions and eligibility measures.
In 2012 FDT’s energy advice service enabled – 7 solar PV arrays, 2 Ground Source Heat Pumps, 9 Air Source Heat Pumps, 1 90kW turbine to be installed and 4 single to double glazing, 7 homes externally insulated, 6 heating system upgrades, 9 wood stoves, 2 homes installed energy efficient lighting, 20 insulation upgrades, 1 thermal store and 1 replacement door. 38 of these installations where financially assisted through FDT’s grant schemes.
During this period FDT piloted an EV for two months within the village car club. FDT aimed to determine the viability of EVs in rural areas, create regional electric vehicle partnership opportunities forming a strong and confident network of charging locations, and demonstrate the usefulness of electric vehicles in community car club fleets. The pilot was very successful and provides evidence to support the long term use of EVs in rural communities. Click here to view our Citroen C Zero article.
Our Sustainable Transport Go To Guide was designed to highlight the ease in which low carbon transport mechanisms can be utilized for both local and regional travel.
In 2012 FDT also launched the Green Pages for the Fintry community. This is our local village directory, and created in partnership with the Fintry community council. It links Fintry’s local services with residents, directly encouraging the use of local tradesmen and services boosting the local economy and working towards creating a sustainable community.
Fintry Renewable Energy Show, FRESh. The event is run every two years and is hosted and organised by the Fintry Development Trust. The last FRESh was held in March 2012. As well as talks, the festival included demonstrations of micro-renewable power technologies, visits to domestic installations, a local food and crafts market, kids activities, visits to the woodland classroom and trips around the local Earlsburn Windfarm. It was a great event and Fintry was visited by guests from surrounding communities, as well as those from further afield.