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PARTAGE: DIY Thermal Renovation Program with a Group of Eco-citizens

Summary : The PARTAGE (SHARE) project (DIY Thermal Renovation program with a Group of Eco-citizens) is experimenting in the Loire by involving households in renovation work on their own homes in order to assess whether it can be a positive lever in the fight against fuel poverty.

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  • Start date : October 2014
  • Implementation site : District of Roanne
  • Budget : 50500 €
  • Source and details on funding : ADEME (PREBAT), General Council, CAF, Fondation de France




Editorial committee

  • Date of proofreading :  05/02/2015
Opinion of the Committee : Source of inspiration !
Solution(s) : Environment Fuel poverty social economy
Country :  France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Stature of the programme :  Local
Participant :  Association, ONG
  • Beneficiaries :  Rural population
  • Domain :  Citizen participation, Housing, Energy

Reports collected as part of the RESOLIS programme « Energy Poverty »

Copyright: Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ )
To reference a document published by RESOLIS : Cognet Rémy , « PARTAGE: DIY Thermal Renovation Program with a Group of Eco-citizens », **Journal RESOLIS** (2015)

Background to the programme

Héliose, an energy and climate association, is the Energy Info Space in the Loire; A study conducted in 2012 by Loire Héliose and PACT has shown that about 34% of households found themselves in fuel poverty in the department in 2008. The housing stock is very old, interventions on the buildings are an important element but are difficult to implement because of their high cost despite numerous support, such as the Living Better program.

Program in development for 3 years and the first building project in November 2014.

Objectives of the programme

- Implement 5 experimental and participatory eco-renovation projects for individual houses

- Favour the use of ecological materials (wood fibres, cork, wood, salvaged materials etc ...)

- Support owners and tenants in the thermal improvement and refurbishment of their home

- Re-engage people who are in situations of exclusion, in a positive social dynamic through technical intervention with active involvement

Implemented actions

- Identification of households by social workers from the department of the Loire or the CAF

- Implementation of renovation work: thermal improvement or mitigation work, involving households by raising awareness of energy issues and air quality, participation in the work supported in part by professionals and volunteers.

- The projects' technical dimensions are supported by professionals from La Scierie (see partnerships)

- Participatory and solidarity dimension: in addition to participating in the work on their own homes, households undertake to devote time to other projects

- Financing of the Engineering: General Council, CAF, ADEME, Fondation de France

- Financing of work: ADEME, Fondation de France, the Petites Pierres by complementing ANAH aid

Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions

In November 2014: 4 families identified, including 2 withdrawals (setting up time too long and ARA conditions not suitable); 2 sites will be set up

First site (37% energy savings planned):
• In ARA: insulation of the roof and the outside north wall
• Professionals: changing the openings, installing a VMC and a wood-burning stove

2nd site (outcomes concerning degradation more than energy savings):
• ARA: roof insulation
• Professionals: return to electricity and heating standards

In both cases, the ARA has enabled the completion of the files by allowing the implementation of additional work to achieve the minimum 25% energy savings required to obtain aid from the "Better Living" program.

Original characteristics

This program puts into practice supported DIY renovation. Though this method has already been proven in the field, it is still not widespread and encounters reluctance from professionals and at an institutional level. Experiments helping to strengthen to proof of the concept are interesting if they can deliver concrete results.

Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme

- La Scierie: association created in 2010 in an old sawmill converted into a workshop and shared cultural space (http://lascierie.eklablog.fr/)

- CAF and the General Council of the Loire

- ADEME: the project is part of a PREBAT program (which funds experiments to fight against precariousness in housing)

- Fondation de France: the project was selected as part of the call for home improvement projects

- The petites pierres (small stones): crowdfunding platform that enables the integration of citizens through another dimension and in addition to volunteering

- ISONAT: Supplied insulation of wood fibres at a preferential rate

- EffiRéno: The business group is mobilised to respond to the "Professional" part of the additional work from ARA (heating, ventilation, electricity, adaptation ...)

- OSL: Social Observatory of Lyon participates in the program in its evaluation/research stage


Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :

- Insurance problems: difficult to insure the volunteers who are not part of the home and complicated to insure the role of technical facilitator internally in the association

Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :

- Partnership with companies involved in "La Scierie" for technical management of projects and taking out "ten year" insurance.

Suggestions for future improvement :

- Identification and mobilisation of 3 other households to supplement the two already underway

- Follow the evolution of ANAH measures vis-à-vis ARA to adapt the program

Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :

- Partnership with the General Council and CAF who participated in the initiation of the project and enabled the identification and social support of households

Ideas for basic or applied research topics, that could be useful to the programme :

Setting up a fund for DIY supported renovation and/or a stock of materials.

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