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St. Ninians Old Parish Church Hall,

St. Ninians Old Parish Church Hall, Stirling received a grant from the Climate Challenge Fund in 2010 to install and promote energy efficiency measures such as insulation, windows and lighting which have reduced carbon emissions and bills, whilst improving facilities.

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

  • Reducing carbon footprint, energy use and bills at a 19th Century listed building owned by the local parish church congregation to provide a warm, comfortable hall for the community.
  • The local church led this project with support from hall users.

What consultation took place before applying for a CCF grant?

  • Hall users and the local community Funding (e.g. for renewables) and support (e.g. audits) available through other organisations such as Community Energy Scotland and Energy Saving Trust Scotland.

What did the CCF Grant of £144,809 fund?

Installation of energy efficiency measures: Insulation of external walls and ceiling, secondary glazing, energy efficient lighting and draught proofing.

Promotion of the project and energy efficiency in the community: Displays in the hall, presentations at conferences, press releases and a visit by the local MSP.

Why have carbon emissions decreased?

  • Energy efficiency measures funded by CCF complimented the renewable heating measures funded by partners which mean the building takes 60% less energy to heat and light, saving over 7 tonnes of CO2e every year.
  • Community activities encouraged hall users and the wider community to save energy. End of the project results showed many had cut nearly one tonne CO2e from the average carbon footprint.

How was the reduction in carbon emissions measured?

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

What were the community benefits?

  • St. Ninians Old Parish Church Hall is now a warm building, cheaper to heat and suitable for variety of uses.
  • There are an increased number of community groups using facility.

What was the sustainable legacy?

  • A warm community building suitable for a variety of uses that is cheaper to run.
  • Continued promotion of energy efficiency, (e.g.hosted CCF event in Climate Week and talks at CCF surgeries).
  • A community that is more aware of carbon footprint and climate change and is adopting more energy efficient behaviour.

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