Low Carbon Cottages for Lakeland
Nurture Lakeland is about embark on an exciting new Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Cumbria to investigate the opportunities and challenges of “retrofitting” traditional holiday cottages to make them more energy efficient. Hence the campaign's name Low Carbon Cottages.
Rick Lomax has been appointed Project Lead from 1st July and will be working with experts in Sustainable Engineering, Climate Change and Environmental Management from the University along with a range of other partners.
The project has two main parts to it:
(1) To study the effects of energy-saving devices on traditional Lakeland holiday cottages
(2) To encourage widespread take-up of energy-saving devices throughout the self-catering industry in Cumbria.
One of the first tasks will be to get together a sample group of cottages for the study. Several Nurture Lakeland members have already expressed an interest in getting involved but it’s not too late to join in if you are a holiday cottage-owner/manager.
The project aims to bring together all the stakeholders and to make it easier for cottage owners to save energy and “green” their properties. Ultimately an online “toolkit” will be developed which will guide cottage-owners through such areas as funding opportunities, local supply chain discounts, life cycle assessments of retrofit materials and ideas to get their visitors on board.
The KTP is funded by the Technology Strategy Board www.ktponline.co.uk with match funding from the LDNPA’s Sustainable Development Fund.