In amongst the trade and business skills being learnt at the 4Life Academy, Fortem Technical Team were giving an energy training session to groups of Enactus students from a range of top Universities including: Imperial, Warwick, Coventry, and Cardiff
After a whistle-stop presentation about fuel poverty and energy efficiency in the UK, we demonstrated a whole range of the equipment that we use to test building performance. This let the students understand energy in a hands-on way, which hopefully will inspire their thoughts. They even helped to find where all the air leaks were coming from in the training room!
The students are embarking on social enterprise projects trying to develop innovative solutions to radically reducing the prevalence of fuel poverty throughout the UK. In 2017, the Government reported that 11% of the UK lives in fuel poverty, unable to afford to keep their, often leaky and inefficient, properties warm and powered. That’s more than 1 in 10 households!! Much of our energy services work tried to tackle this from a technical perspective for instance by installing solid wall insulation, upgrading heating and hot water systems, retrofitting renewable energy systems, and even constructing heat networks. Enactus are approaching the problem from a human-centred approach and we’re going to continue to work closely with them to pass on our experience but also to learn from them and their great projects.
Energy training session at 4life Academy (Birmingham)
Thermal imaging in action
Enactus is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. We provide a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the centre of improving their livelihoods. Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, our students take the kind of entrepreneurial approach that empowers people to be a part of their own success. Our work transforms both the lives of the people we serve, and in turn, the lives of our students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders.