66 homes in Wellingborough, Northants, will have major energy efficiency improvements in a project that will start in February 2024.
Northants-based housing association, Greatwell Homes, have identified 66 of their least energy efficient houses to be the first in receiving major efficiency improvements. All of the properties currently have an Energy Performance Certificate [EPC] rating of D or less.
Fortum have been appointed to deliver the planned improvements worth up to £3m to be delivered by March 2025. A pilot programme on one home will be undertaken in late February 2024 with the remainder of the work starting in April 2024.
The programme includes external wall insulation and roof insulation to improve the fabric of the building and reduce heat loss resulting in higher efficiency and lower carbon emissions in the properties. This will allow customers to live more comfortably and with lower energy bills.
Funding of £664,000 towards the programme was secured from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund [SHDF].
Julie Robinson, executive director at Greatwell Homes, said: “We have a commitment to ensure all our homes achieve a minimum ‘C’ EPC rating by 2030 and this project leads the way to us achieving this goal.
“It’s great to be working with Fortem to deliver these home improvements that will not only improve the lives of these customers, but also in helping us play a part in protecting the environment”.
Chris Tredget, chief operating officer at Fortem said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with Greatwell Homes to upgrade the homes through SHDF funding. We will work collaboratively with residents and local partners to ensure we minimise distribution and deliver a high-quality scheme of work that will produce long term benefits for Greatwell customers.”