How Cadence 360 helped Cambridgeshire County Council prioritise domestic housing retrofits

Overview

City Science is leading the development of a retrofit strategy in Cambridgeshire as part of the Heat Pump Ready Programme. The Heat Pump Ready Programme aims to accelerate the uptake of heat pumps within the UK focused around key delivery trials. Working with Cambridgeshire County Council and Fenland District Council, City Science led a consortium that was successful in receiving Phase 1 funding. This phase included detailed geospatial analysis to understand and prioritise areas for retrofit and heat pumps.

Scope

The Heat Pump Ready Programme has a number of objectives that required detailed geospatial analysis. One of the key objectives was the requirement to identify the areas that the team should prioritise in order to maximise the density of heat pumps linked to an individual primary/secondary sub-station or Low Voltage network while also considering the wider needs of communities. This involved the consolidation of multiple data sets including data on the thermal performance of domestic properties, the current heating source, the zoning of the specific electrical networks and relevant demographic considerations. The data were consolidated, visualised and prioritised within Cadence 360.

The ability to link detailed data to buildings also enabled visualisation of individual streets or locations to support improving targeting and maximise the expected uptake of the engagement activities.

Outcomes

The project created a systemised method to prioritise target sites for the retrofit programme using detailed geographic data. Visualising this data in Cadence 360 allowed for improved understanding of different places and the identification of those that meet the programme needs.