Energy efficiency course to benefit Welsh housing provider

Energy efficiency course to benefit Welsh housing provider

One of the first students to complete the Carbon in Homes Driving Licence jointly run by the University of Salford and Property Tectonics Ltd will be using his new-found skills to reduce fuel poverty in around 3,000 Welsh homes.

Michael Sidebottom, Team Leader for Planned Maintenance and Contracts at Melin Homes, based in Pontypool, South Wales, completed the course just over two weeks ago and will be using his knowledge to install a variety of renewable energy systems in the housing association’s stock of property.

With an ambitious programme to install over 100 solar panels a year over five years, as well as air source heat pumps and more effective insulation, Michael wanted to learn more about the technology to help deliver further low carbon energy projects.

He said: “The knowledge I gained from the CIH Driving Licence will help enable effective project management of the installations and has given me a broader base of knowledge in terms of understanding the UK housing stock and energy use within buildings.”

“This will help to deliver the most appropriate technologies to achieve carbon emission reductions, as well as savings for Melin residents and helping to tackle fuel poverty.”

The Carbon in Homes Driving Licence is a five module programme providing a minimum of 20 hours’ continuing professional development and is co-ordinated through an online register. It can be accessed now via

Module one covers energy supply and demand, module two the building fabric of the house, module three domestic energy systems, module four measuring and monitoring energy use, and module five people and buildings.

Professor Mike Kagioglou, Head of the School of the Built Environment at Salford said: “The University has developed an outstanding reputation in housing and, in particular, low energy housing since the early 1980s to the present day with the Salford Energy House attracting interest from around the world.

“We thought a short foundation course on carbon in homes would be of great value to the housing sector and would help providers to formulate their green strategies in a much more structured way than currently. For the individual practitioner CiHDL is a valuable thing to have within their skill set and provides very accessible and cost effective continuing professional development.”

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