Community-owned buildings

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) supports projects to carry out energy efficient refurbishments of community buildings, reducing energy consumption and emissions.  

The links below detail organisations, resources and information that should prove useful if you planning or running such a project. 


Useful organisations

Local Energy Scotland - Impartial advice on Scottish Government grants and support available through the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).

Resource Efficient Scotland - Guidance on conducting an energy audit and information on helping organisations to use resources more efficiently.

Community Energy Scotland - Practical help for communities on green energy development and energy conservation.

Home Energy Scotland - Support from Home Energy Scotland is vital to help your project design and deliver an energy efficiency outreach programme in the community. See their Partnership Information booklet for what they can offer to support your project. It's through Home Energy Scotland that you'll be able to access any government support for householders to make energy efficient improvements.

Useful resources and guides

Top Tips from St. Boswell's Village Hall Committee for village hall refurbishment projects.

A Guide to Making Your Community Building More Environmentally Sustainable from Community Action for a Sustainable Scotland.

A Guide to Greening Your Office from Community Action for a Sustainable Scotland.

Energy Surveys Guide is a 52-page guide to energy surveys is based on the experiences of the Carbon Trust’s survey programme and is intended to help you and your organisation find practical opportunities to save energy.

Solid Wall Insulation in Scotland - a report from Changeworks in association with Historic Scotland.

Green Guide Extract - Windows a technical guide for choosing windows.

Your Buildings, Your Future: A Guide to Comissioning Sustainable Architecture for Community Organisations - prepared by Matt Bridgestock at John Gilbert Architects and edited by Richard Baynes. The project was funded by SUST at Architecture and Design Scotland and the case studies were funded byCOSS at Development Trust Scotland.

Planning for Community Developments by Planning Aid Scotland.

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