Obtaining appropriate data remains one of the core challenges in addressing fuel poverty. The development of national targets for eradicating fuel poverty and reducing carbon emissions, along with centrally funded and directed programmes targeting fuel poor households and tackling substandard properties, has generated a demand for a robust but user-friendly evidence base from which those responsible for the delivery of schemes can develop their plans. In addition, in order for national government, the energy sector and researchers to review progress, a common system of measurement is needed to monitor the relative performance of different areas. The complexity of the issues and the scientific considerations involved, however, require a sophisticated method that accounts for a number of variables and can employ data to project future outcomes in order that informed decisions can be made about where resources may be best targeted.
Key research Question
The development of the Housing Energy and Fuel Poverty Assessment Tool (HEAT) aimed to produce a software tool that would enable housing and fuel poverty practitioners across the UK to use widely available datasets to model levels of fuel poverty on a regional and national basis and calculate the statistical impacts on factors such as CO2 reductions, bill savings, and Standard Assessment Procedure ratings in different energy efficiency scenarios (retrofit) with a view to identifying the optimum measures to use.
Summary of activity
The HEAT tool was designed to model outputs on the basis of statistical inputs from English, Welsh or Scottish housing stock databases and incorporated learning from earlier calculators such as the Fuel Prices Model and the Energy Improvement Model.
(Please note that the tool is no longer available)