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Gargunnock Community Centre case study

Gargunnock Community Trust received a Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) grant in 2012 for a project to install energy efficient measures while improving the facilities at Gargunnock Commmunity Centre. The project also promoted energy efficiency and raised awareness of climate change.

What type of project would decrease carbon emissions and help the community?

  • Reducing energy use, bills and carbon emissions at Gargunnock Community Centre following an asset transfer from Stirling Council to Gargunnock Community Trust.
  • Helping the local community to save energy.
  • Gargunnock Community Trust led the project with support from hall users and local community.

What consultation took place before applying for a CCF grant?

  • Interviews with leaders of the main groups using Centre.
  • Student survey of to 359 households and public display of proposed designs.
  • Energy Saving Trust survey.
  • People & Communities Fund to provide a biomass boiler.

What did the CCF grant of £79,352 fund?

  • Better insulation and low energy lighting in Gargunnock Community Centre.

Why did carbon emissions decrease?

  • The project equipped the community centre with better insulation and low energy lighting to reduce energy use, leading to lower carbon emissions, helping to tackle climate change.
  • Raised awareness of hall users regarding the correct use of heating and lighting systems through a ‘resource information wall’ in the centre.
  • Raised awareness of measures being taken to refurbish the building and other climate change activity in the village.
  • Encouraged individual households to pledge to reduce their carbon emissions and install more energy efficient forms of heating.

How was the reduction in carbon emissions measured?

  • kWh from energy bills collected before and after the energy efficiency measures were installed. Figures obtained were input into the recommended carbon conversion spreadsheet to convert them into carbon emissions.

What were the community benefits?

  • A more comfortable community hub and increased awareness of energy efficiency and carbon emissions.
  • Local residents save energy and reduce bills.

What was the sustainable legacy?

  • Gargunnock Community Centre has become a community hub that is more efficient to run.
  • Plans to raise funds for further energy efficiency measures around the village (expanded wind farm in the Gargunnock Hills and community wood for the production of biomass.

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