People Powered Retrofit

A partnership led by Carbon Co-op and URBED has been successful in securing £186,000 of funding from the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to run People Powered Retrofit - a six months R&D project exploring the potential to kick start a householder-led approach to domestic energy efficiency retrofit in the Greater Manchester conurbation.

Building on our track record, we are tackling key barriers home owners face in commissioning works including lack of appropriate contractors and concerns around the quality of projects. The project will help inform a new business model for retrofit delivery with a new, localised approach to creating a market for energy efficiency. Dependent on departmental funding, the R&D project could lead to a further two years of delivery in and around the city region.


Led by Carbon Co-op and URBED, the partnership includes Arc4, Cumbria Action for Sustainability, Quantum Technology Ltd, Fieldwork Labs and ShortWork along with Electricity North West, Ecology Building Society and Greater Manchester Green Growth.


Carbon Co-op Info Night: Heating and Ventilation

Many of our members have questions about heating systems and ventilation - what works? What is suitable for different house types? How do heating systems and ventilation interact?

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  • Author– Aneaka
  • Date— November 23, 2018
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Hacking the Future of Energy

We're looking for individuals and teams with ideas, passion and enthusiasm to particiapte in our 'Hacking the Future of Energy' event this November in Manchester, competing to win £2,000 of grant funding. The deadline for applications is Monday 15th October so get your ideas in now!

  • 2nd-4th November (Friday evening, Saturday daytime, Sunday morning and early afternoon)
  • Bridge 5 Mill (22A Beswick St, Manchester M4 7HR)
  • Ages 16+
  • Participation is Free

Are you a technology developers, social innovators or social scientists? We're looking for innovators to propose new technology, ideas and business models to make our energy system fairer and more equitable. As an incentive, the winning team will receive a £2,000 prize and opportunities to develop a business case and pitch to funders.

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