National Trust – Fit for the Future

The National Trust is on a mission to make greater use of renewables and energy efficiency in its properties. At its Fit for the Future conference in 2012, the Trust began a process of sharing what it has learnt. The video below is just one example of the Trust’s on-going work of dissemination. 

This refurbished cottage is just one of 5000 properties let to private tenants that the Trust plans to make fit for the future. Most of these rented buildings have solid walls so they can be hard to treat. If the Trust can retrofit these homes to be energy efficient and cheaper to run, arguably so can we…

The National Trust has been working with SuperHomes as part of the retrofit project shown in this video. For full details of the Buscot refurbishment see:

To find out more about what the National Trust is doing to be ‘Fit for the future’ and to take inspiration for your own projects visit:­uide

You can also get involved on Twitter: tweet#fitforfuture

This video was supported by local councils with Green Deal Pioneer Places Funding from the Department of Energy & Climate Change. Funding was awarded to a consortium of Local Authorities led by West Oxfordshire District Council.

The National Trust is committed to moving away from oil and growing its own energy. It has set a target to cut fossil fuel use by 50 per cent while reducing its energy use by a further 20 per cent by 2020. The move will cut the Trust’s carbon emissions from energy use for heat and electricity by 45 per cent – beating the Government’s target of a 34 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020. It also has the potential to release cost savings to the charity, which currently spends around £6 million each year on power and heating for its buildings.