Posted on 10/9/2013
Glasgow charity South Seeds, which works in the Govanhill, Crosshill, Strathbungo and Queens Park areas of south Glasgow, today won the Saltire Society Housing Award for Innovation.
The Award was for its Energy Snapshot project, an innovative approach to mapping and then tackling energy inefficiency in homes in the southside of Glasgow. The Energy Snapshot used thermal imaging and data analysis to map out our area to identify different building types, and show what energy efficiency actions could be used in different parts of our area. This intelligence is used by the charity as its “Business Plan” to help target and prioritise action most effectively.
South Seeds is funded to deliver its Energy Catalyst project through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, and is half way through a two year programme to deliver energy efficiency improvements in local tenement flats and houses and turn unused land into usable greenspace for food growing.
Commenting on the Award, Lucy Gillie, Project Manager at South Seeds said: “We’re delighted to have won this award, and to have the Saltire Society value what is happening in the southside of Glasgow. We didn’t set out to be innovative, just to do something practical that had the best chance of making a difference in our community, and this Award demonstrates that sometimes innovation comes from where you least expect it.”
Lucy added: “anyone in Govanhill, Crosshill, Strathbungo and Queens Park who would like help to cut their energy use, please get in touch at any time.”
Reuben Chesters, Chair of South Seeds added: “It’s great for a small charity like South Seeds to be recognised nationally for its work. Our aim has always been to work as part of the south Glasgow community, giving people advice and support, but ultimately helping people to take action themselves. The more communities in Scotland who can be supported to do this, the better we can cut energy use and tackle climate change from the ground up.”
For more information on this press release call Lucy Gillie on 07790 119 021 or Maf Smith (South Seeds Board member) on 07768 531 501.
For more information on the Awards see: www.saltiresociety.org.uk/awards/architecture/housing-design/