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Winners announced at Ashden Awards

The UK Ashden Awards announced its winners on Thursday 20 June at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

The awards were presented by co-founder of Forum for the Future Jonathon Porritt and hosted by broadcaster and cultural commentator Emma Freud.

The Sustainable Energy Academy (SEA) and United House were awarded the overall UK Gold Award for the safe, low-fuss interior wall installation process they have developed, which is described as breaking down the barriers to insulating the over 7m solid-walled homes in the UK.

The process uses laser scanning and other standard building trade technologies in a novel way, reducing costs by around 25 per cent and avoiding the need to decant residents, while fuel bills are cut by up to 40 per cent.

The Ashden judges said: “SEA’s creativity and United House’s experience in delivery have combined to create an affordable, easy-to-install insulation solution that is breaking down the barriers to making the UK’s housing stock more energy-efficient.

“This could play a major role in reducing fuel poverty by keeping homes warm while radically cutting fuel bills. This successful business partnership could revolutionise the home insulation sector, as well as providing new opportunities for employment in the green economy.”

The Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) in Cornwall were recognised for its efforts in engaging the whole community in saving energy and generating local sustainable energy – helping cut fuel bills as well as creating new local jobs.

WREN board chairman Professor Stephen Frankel said: “This is just brilliant news. We want to make it normal for people to be able to benefit from taking control of energy, and this Award gives us confidence that we are going in the right direction.”

Now in their 13th year, the Ashden Awards champion practical, local energy solutions that cut carbon, reduce poverty and improve people’s lives in the UK and developing world.

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