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Pictures of Scottish homes taken with thermal imaging cameras will used to cut carbon emissions around the country.

Images of about 10,000 properties will be taken as part of a pilot scheme run by both the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and the Scottish Government.

The scan results will help the association to prioritize work on energy efficiency measures such as loft, cavity wall and water tank insulation in around 2000 properties.

The homes will then be rescanned after improvements are carried out and data showing the improvements provided online at www.sfha.co.uk

Deputy chief executive of the SFHA, Andrew Field, said: "Substantially reducing carbon emissions in a relatively short space of time is challenging and this pilot project is at the forefront of efforts to meet the Government targets.

"The use of cutting edge technology will enable housing providers to pinpoint precisely where heat is being lost and to put resources into work where it will have the most impact, resulting in lower emissions, lower fuel bills for tenants and warmer homes."

The four housing associations taking part in the pilot which if successful, could be rolled out across the country, are River Clyde Homes, Dunedin Canmore, Clyde Valley and Cairn housing associations.

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