Energise Manchester: Knowledge Sharing Session with Ellie Kuitunen

A guest post by Sandy Rushton, People Powered Retrofit. Originally featured on Medium. On November 2, 2023, the Energise Manchester team took part in a knowledge sharing session with Ellie Kuitunen. Ellie is an energy consultant who has worked at Manchester City Council, focusing on the adoption of large-scale retrofit. She recently completed an MSc in … Read more

Energise Manchester: Reflections on an Intervention Mapping Workshop

A guest post by Sandy Rushton, People Powered Retrofit. Originally featured on Medium. On October 25th, 2023, the Energise Manchester project team met to carry out an Intervention Mapping workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Chandni Patel and Val Mitchell from Snook, with support from me and Lorenza Casini. This was one of the first project-wide … Read more

What does a place-based, citizen-led approach to retrofit look like?

With some of the least energy efficient housing in Europe, there is an urgent need to retrofit the UK’s housing stock to reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency. Retrofit Area Based Schemes (ABS) offer a unique approach to whole house retrofit, where a community intermediary is established within the local area. This creates collaboration … Read more

To COM-B or not to COM-B?

citizens' jury

A guest post by Sandy Rushton, People Powered Retrofit. Originally featured on Medium. In this post I want to talk about how I’d conceptualised our approach to Behaviour Change at the start of this project, and how this changed once we’d started working with our partners at the service design agency, Snook.  Following some initial research … Read more

Blog: Energise Manchester – Getting to Grips with Behaviour Change

A guest post by Sandy Rushton, People Powered Retrofit. Originally featured on Medium. In the Energise Manchester project, the project partners will work together to develop novel, community-based approaches to energy advice using Snook’s expertise in the area of Behaviour Change and Service Design to guide this process. Behaviour Change methodologies have been used to inform … Read more

BLOG: Using Behaviour Change to inform energy advice

About Energise Manchester A guest post by Sandy Rushton, People Powered Retrofit Running from 2023-March 2025, Carbon Co-op’s ‘Energise Manchester’ project is a Local Energy Advice Demonstrator (LEAD) project. The project aims to apply innovative and proven public health targeting and Behaviour Change design approaches to the delivery of in person, local energy advice. To put … Read more