This report is written by NEA NI and the University of Ulster. It has three main sections. The first section, written by NEA NI, introduces the context to fuel poverty and existing fuel poverty strategies. It also summarises the Northern Exposure project intervention process; the fact that interventions were provided by both the Warm Homes Scheme and the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP). It also outlines all partners involved and the innovative technologies which were trialled.
The second section written by the University of Ulster is essentially the main results and conclusions based on the research carried out with all participants. This includes thirty before and after telephone surveys and six in-depth case studies which detail the lives of householders, their experiences of living in cold or damp homes, their experiences of interacting with the grant schemes and importantly the benefits theyhave received from having energy efficiency measures installed.
The final section is NEA NI’s conclusions and recommendations. Conclusions include an analysis of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) data taken before and after interventions. It also includes how the innovative technologies have been received by householders. The recommendations are particularly important to stakeholders who share an interest in fuel poverty strategies and how they can be implemented to tackle the high levels of fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.