Investing in the energy efficiency of community buildings

Residents can help by filling out a survey and may win a shopping voucher

Main image: Filwood Community Centre will be one of the buildings to benefit from energy efficiency measures.

Knowle West’s Filwood Community Centre is one of 12 buildings in the city which could benefit from investment for energy improvements through a new project.

Bristol Energy Network (BEN) and Bristol City Council are researching how innovative crowdfunding could be a way of investing in energy efficiency measures for community buildings – working with an EU project, Social Innovations in Energy Transitions (SONNET).

This would be done using a Community Municipal Bond – which is issued by local authorities through a crowdfunding platform – giving residents the chance to support low-carbon projects directly benefiting their own community.

BEN believes community buildings are the “active hub” and a place “to come together, learn, share, celebrate and provide support.”

They say investing in energy efficiency measures and renewable energy generation “will help buildings to save money, decarbonise and continue to serve their communities.” 

Energy audits have been carried out on the 12 buildings in the city, including Filwood Community Centre and @Symes in Hartcliffe – and the project is now looking for residents across Bristol and local to the buildings to give feedback via a short survey.

Bristol Energy Network has been collecting surveys at Filwood Community Market.

Everyone with a Bristol postcode will be entered into a draw to win a £50 shopping voucher. Visit bristolenergynetwork.org/projects/sonnet-the-bristol-city-lab/ or scan thE code below: