There’s lots of potential Green Deal players that are currently carefully feeling their way into what their role might be in this new age of energy efficiency.

Research and technical know-how is absolutely key, and also understanding how things might work at a local level. We’re working with organisations that want to do just this, and this blog’s an ideal place to highlight the case studies that are producing results.

There’s few better examples than Affinity Sutton’s award-winning Futurefit programme. We are working with the affordable housing provider, providing technical support in installing packages of measures in 102 homes across house types typical of the social housing sector, at different levels of cost.

These are not ‘show homes’, the more aspirational dream scenario for anyone looking to live in a greener home, not was the focus on maximum reduction in carbon emissions regardless of cost. It’s clear that the right way of doing things is to take a practical approach, looking exactly what bang you can get for your buck, so to speak. That’s exactly what Futurefit’s about.

It’s also about how best to bring green living advice into the mix during major retrofit work – vitally important if you want to compound those savings and avoid the dreaded ‘rebound effect.’

We’re all hoping it will prove excellent guidance for housing associations to make practical decisions on the right measures for the right homes, how installing them works, how an Affinity Sutton-sized housing provider can design financial models that deliver, and how best to keep everyone, not least the residents, happy throughout the process. Not easy, but achievable when done right.

We’ve got a detailed report available of what we learnt from the installation phase of the scheme. From air-tightness to householder satisfaction surveys to where this all could fit into the Green Deal, you’ll find it all there.